In The Secular Grail the poet, scientist and essayist, Christopher Dewdney, suggests that “Language is an artificial intelligence, a self-perpetuating system in which we are all implicated and around which we cannot reason by any trick of speed.”

If language were, indeed, an artificial intelligence, it would require just such free-willed, distributed, separate and distinct systems such as we appear ­ to ourselves at least ­ to be. But if we (the terminals of language) create systems where our sensuality and memory is shared, beyond the cultural procedures of arbitrary linguistic exchange, will language die in us? Or will it transmigrate into the distinct, conversing (virtual) ‘bodies’ which will, in the consensual hallucination of our shared, electronically negotiated memory, represent and enact what we are ­ our desire and ignorance?