Reason from these arguments:
- the Internet of Things is an extension of the internet, where lots of objects in the real world will start to talk and to produce heaps of data
- so there is a need for a sneakernet solution in order to move these data around, because the data are only passive evidence and they need to be processed,
- compared though with biology, this quantity of data is tiny
- and moreover biology does not function via signal transmission, it functions via signal transduction, a form of sneakernet,
you’ll get to the unavoidable conclusion that the IoT is only a small step towards a global network which works with chemical like interactions, transports data (which are active themselves) via signal transduction and it extends the real world biology.
After the IoT comes Gaia. A technological version, to be clear.
Some time in the future, but not yet when we could say that the Gaia extension appeared, there will still be a mixture of old ways IoT and new ways biological like. Maybe there will be updates, say of the informational/immunity OS, delivered via anycasts issued from tree like antennas, which produce pollen particle. The “user” (what an ugly reductionistic name) breaths them and the update start to work.
The next scene may be one which describes what happens if somebody find out that some antennas produce faulty grains. Maybe some users have been alerted by their (future versions of) smartwatches that they inhaled a possible terminal vector.
The faulty updates have to be identified, tracked (chemically, in real world) and anihilated.
The users send a notification via the old internet that something is wrong and somewhere, perhaps on the other side of the planet, a mechanical turk identifies the problem, runs some simulations of the real chemistry with his artificial chemistry based system.
His screen may show something like this:
Once a solution is identified, the artificial chemistry solution is sent to a Venter printer close to the location of the faulty antenna and turned real. In a matter of hours the problem is solved, before the affected users metabolisms go crazy.