Before we get all crazy, it is Sal that is no longer at Apple. The technologies remain. Let's hope it stays that way.
Sal is a great guy. I've met him and chatted with him numerous times. He's been evangelizing AppleScript since the System 7 days when he caught the AppleScript fever through his desktop publishing work with Quark. He always paid thoughtful attention to me and my site. He once told me he would make a point of showing my site to Apple engineers as an example of the power and public popularity of AppleScript.
Meanwhile, I am optimistic about the future of desktop automation on the Mac. I guess I have to be.
UPDATE: Sal has written some thoughts about this at his website. Most importantly:
"Other Apple applications." Like iTunes.