One item that is under discussion for Java 8 is something called Project Nashorn.
Looking beyond Java 8, Reinhold offered a few ideas as to what might be part of the future Java 9 release as well. At the top of his list for is a self-tuning JVM.
“You should just be able to type’ Java’,” Reinhold said. “You shouldn’t have to go and tweak a bunch of command line flags to get good performance.”