Definitions

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  • noun an object that could be remotely tracked through space and time

Etymologies

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Coined by Bruce Sterling in 2004, as a blend of space and time.

Examples

  • A "spime" the word -- a contraction of "space" and "time" -- was coined by sci-fi writer Bruce Sterling is an object that, thanks to GPS and sensors, is aware of where and when it is, and can record and communicate these data.

    OpenSpimes

  • And as Sterling had chosen a nonsense word for "spime" a concept with which I'd been previously familiar, I decided to do the same.

    Virtualizing the Physical

  • Sterling is moving freely in the landscape he is examining and with a extraordinary open mind he creates new concepts and ways of thinking, and even new words -- like "spime".

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • Sterling is moving freely in the landscape he is examining and with a extraordinary open mind he creates new concepts and ways of thinking, and even new words -- like "spime".

    SPIMES

  • A 'spime' should also encompass relationships between things, and not just the "thingness" itself. (b) the sound of it (as Adam noted above).

    UgoTrade

  • There are a couple of things that have made me uncomfortable about the word 'spime': (a) the fact that it might be too easy to confuse with an "object".

    UgoTrade

  • There are a couple of things that have made me uncomfortable about the word 'spime': (a) the fact that it might be too easy to confuse with an "object".

    UgoTrade

  • I think about Bruce Sterling's "spime" in this context, and I see it as clearly connected to the tasks of the humanities and rhetoric and composition.

    digital digs

  • A 'spime' should also encompass relationships between things, and not just the "thingness" itself. (b) the sound of it (as Adam noted above).

    UgoTrade

  • There are a couple of things that have made me uncomfortable about the word 'spime': (a) the fact that it might be too easy to confuse with an "object".

    UgoTrade

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  • see also enspiming

    October 17, 2007

  • But what does this, or enspiming, mean? Right now it's just like recursion. (See recursion.)

    October 18, 2007

  • The next stage is an object that does not exist yet. It needs a noun, so that we can think about it. We can call it a "Spime," which is a neologism for an imaginary object that is still speculative. A Spime also has a kind of person who makes it and uses it, and that kind of person is somebody called a "Wrangler." At the moment, you are end-using Gizmos. My thesis here, my prophesy to you, is that, pretty soon, you will be wrangling Spimes.

    (Bruce Sterling, aka bruce flatware, Siggraph 2004)

    October 18, 2007

  • Chained_bear, you crack me up.

    October 29, 2008

  • Where is Borges when we need him?

    Paging el maestro novidente.

    October 29, 2008