Evolutionary computing platforms, self evolving neural networks and artificial brains, hyper networks of systems where the networks themselves are biological systems, evolutionary in nature, defensive, adaptive. Emanating from this realm is a form of synthetic sentience, the capacity for perceiving, a sense of self, the threshold of emergent consciousness. This is not AI (artificial intelligence) in the traditional sense, but something very different, more in the realms of artificial life, growing and evolving its way into every facet of current and future life.
The internet itself is approaching the horizonline of becoming a form of "collective organism" to which we, the human species, have become engaged in an irreversible symbiosis. This is an organism which is internally populated with myriad variations of virtual artificial lifeforms, invokes immune system responses to viral invasions, and linked together within this system are
vast arrays of "intelligence organelles",
computational systems which are them-
selves evolving entities, adaptive,
self modifying, self healing.