The original network...
Kevin Kelly would like this; evolution originally bootstrapped itself by creating a common standard that allowed the "sharing of innovation" that caused an "explosion of complexity".
Thoughts to follow on from here:
-most of our human biomass is actually bacterial, so this is happening inside of us as well.
-this is a useful pattern for evolution at any level of complexity.
-I wonder what the specific mechanisms of exchange of genetic material are?
Between this and epigenetics o mow have some rich new pattern language to work with.