The "shameless society, with modern life as a hothouse of basic instincts",
according to the title story in the magazin "Der Spiegel" on 11.1.93,
probably provides optimal conditions for the discovery of new parasitic information
molecules. The virus as a genetic pirate is a frontier commuter between inanimate
matter and living organisms, a model for self-organization at an early development
stage in life. The examination of viruses shows how information can be optimized
and further processed at a molecular level.
These self-reproducing information systems transcend the barriers between man
and machine, animate and inanimate nature. When the text "I have become alive,
I am alive!" suddenly appears on a computer monitor, then the computer is very
probably infected with a virus.