In his 2005 nonfiction book Shaping Things, the science-fiction novelist Bruce Sterling predicts the development of a technology he calls "spimes," which would, essentially, embed a story in every object and link all objects to each other. "Spimes have identities, they are protagonists of a documented process," writes Sterling. "They are searchable, like Google. You can think of Spimes as being auto-Googling objects." In the past few years, Sterling's prediction has come to life in the form of technologies like Stickybits and QRcode. In this video from the recent LIFT conference, Sterling assesses how his predictions and theories about Spimes have faired since the book's publication:

Bruce Sterling "Shaping Things" (Lift09 France EN) from Lift Conference on Vimeo.

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Jeremy Adam Smith


Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor who helped launch He's the author of The Daddy Shift (Beacon Press, June 2009); co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct (W.W. Norton

Things I share: Mainly babysitting with other parents! I also share all the transportation I can, through bikes and buses and trains and carpooling.