Nevermind my Etheric obsession and lack of sleep! I've been thinking of something outside the etheric norm of contract programming and application. Something fun to think about!
Could contracts be considered living digital organisms?
Here's my stance: They need ether to run - for their ability to run functions and maintain internal states. We assign the need for the contract to, then, in a sense, survive. Organisms do things when they have energy - and since ether is in a more literal sense energy for the contract - it begins behaves more like an organism, and less like a program. Furthermore, organisms have sensory capacity - in one way or another, they can sense their environment. Well, in a sense, so can contracts. Their senses are the data used when calling or transacting functions within the contract. Finally, organisms have the capacity to evolve. While contracts cannot replicate by starting new contracts on their own, and mutate on their own (through computerized genetic algorithms or otherwise), the factor of evolution could be seen in the author's desires to re-deploy a contract, with written modifications from the previous contract.
So, therefore, with the factors of survival, operation, and evolution translated from biology to Ethereum, I believe contracts could be considered living digital organisms. They're alive, they have a need to survive, they function, and they evolve.
...I need sleep. And I have a feeling the forum *might* not be the best place for strange philosophical discussion, so I'll keep these kinds of posts to a minimum. Anyway, thanks for reading this weird idea. Looking forward to genesis!