coined, as far as I can tell, by Kevin Kelly
in his book "Out of Control
", copyright 1994.
He uses "vivisystem" to describe the melding
systems; things that are man-made
, but instilled
with Life's Laws
. He believes this to be the eventual direction
humanity is heading for: One where the things and machines
we create will grow
, and heal
like living things.
Kelly sees as part of a "unified biological frontier
" are many, complex
, and grand
in scale: Things like computer virus incubators
, artificial ecologies
, virtual worlds
and the like.
In Chapter One, part three
, Kevin writes the following
intriguing paragraph about the advent of vivisystems
"Yet as we unleash living forces into our created machines, we lose control of them. They acquire wildness and some of the surprises that the wild entails. This, then, is the dilemma that all gods must accept: that they can no longer be completely sovereign over their finest creations."
You can read
the rest of Kevin's book
online at http://www.well.com/user/kk/OutOfControl.