Spime and spirit

Innovation Insider, which of late has been consistently fresh, believes that an emerging design and innovation industry needs a few good words to describe what it creates.

The Science Fiction writer Bruce Sterling suggests "Spime".

Spime, a new, made up word for new, made up objects, is also found Sterling's Shaping Things, published as part of the MIT Mediawork series. It's described like this:

The future will see a new kind of object -- we have the primitive forms of them now in our pockets and briefcases: user-alterable, baroquely multi-featured, and programmable -- that will be sustainable, enhanceable, and uniquely identifiable. Sterling coins the term "spime" for them, these future manufactured objects with informational support so extensive and rich that they are regarded as material instantiations of an immaterial system (emphasis supplied).

I continue to be fascinated with the question of knowing in the future. When everything knowable can be instantly known, what, then, will we think about knowledge? When information is so intimately tied to fabricated things, some of which we've personally made, how will knowledge be conceived?

Wayne

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