Take light for example. How much information can a beam of light carry? Quite a bit actually. So as volatile as energy seems to be, it seems to retain a rigid enough structure to encode information and transmit that information across time and space. Could fields of energy be programmed to perform computations? Is there enough structure in a plasma field to process information about it's environment? We're talking "smart energy" here, one step beyond computronium or "smart matter". Might consciousness be nothing more than intelligent energy?