Prepare yourselves, I'm going to say it. We live in amazing times. Technology is advancing geometrically--especially in the area of Artificial Intelligence and computer memory. We may very well be at the threshold of Robots who truly think for themselves. Here is an excellent piece on this from the Daily Mail
The potential consciousness of the Internet itself is also becoming a topic of some considerable inquiry, even though a solid definition of consciousness is problematic.
This is Computational Neuroscientist Terrence Sejnowski's piece on the Internet from Edge: The World Question Center. And here is an interesting post on Self-Aware Spam.
I have to go now, I'm creeping myself out.