Bruce Sterling has been grinding the spime ax for a while, and I hope he continues. This line (from his column in the October '04 WIRED) is one of the most interesting things he's ever said on the matter:
"Forewarned is forearmed. Get ready for... unpredictable emergent forms of networked spime behavior." In the same article he talks about books as spimes.
It keeps me thinking about spimed libraries.
Imagine a hypothetical library... a meta-library which is the aggregate of all collections of all libraries in existence. Every book in it is a spime that kirks (grows in complexity, in consciousness, in time, across all instances of itself). Every kirking spime in the whole kirking thing learns from every interaction it has with every person who uses any kirking "book" in this meta-library.
Such a situation would become a platform for emergent consciousness. The conditions would be right for the spontaneous development of conscious complexity (artificial intelligence, that is). Packets of information coming to know themselves as parts of a whole body of information through their individual interactions with other packets and with something wholly other (the human users).
If this kind of thing is actually possible, then libraries will become the mommas of A.I. in more ways than one. Is this already beginning?