from the talk of Bruce Sterling on SPIMES
Coming through the convergence of technologies, are the Spime. 6 qualities distinguish them:
1- they are conceived and designed within a network,
2- they are given a unique (digital) identity distinct from the others,
3- they are physically fabricated as opposed to manufactured in a factory. They are not made until they are sold,
4- they can be tracked through technologies of geo-localization,
5- they can be searched out through network search engines,
6- they are designed for disassembling.
- then there's a 7th one: they leave an historical trace behind them, a valuable pool of metadata.