"meanwhile Oracle is making Java slowly, slowly look more like Smalltalk. We'll probably get there by 2080"
I have a similar impression. For example in Java 8 you can now write:
"HelloWorld".chars().forEach(each -> System.out.println((char)each));
compared to Smalltalk:
'HelloWorld' do: [:each | Transcript show: each ]
I think this was possible back in 1972 with Smalltalk-72 already.