It's unclear exactly what the EEXIST system is best suited for, but the system seems well suited to dynamic behaviors. It may be useful for mimicking existing processes/patterns, or for learning and recognizing observed patterns. It feels intrinsically difficult to program the system for specific behaviors, but so far the system seems to respond well to genetic/evolvable techniques.
Possible building blocks include elements for sensing, responding to stimuli, detecting sudden changes in a previously-stable configuration, and so on. These have potential application in dynamic, fault-tolerant control and monitoring systems, as well as more exotic possibilities related to machine learning and AI.