Is Technology, as a whole, Autonomous?
I started reading a book called "What Technology Wants" by Kevin Kelly, in which he argues that technology is indeed autonomous. In the book he sets out to not only find exactly what technology as a whole (or as he calls it, the "technium") is, but also what it WANTS.
He contends that technology, has a life of it's own already, and has had such before the modern human species branched off from our ancestors. All technology lies on the foundation of the technology before it. Without one invention we cannot have another, stemming all the way back manipulating fire, and using basic tools like spears. He looks at the global number of transistors and their activity. And says that "When computer scientists dissect the rivers of traffic flowing through it, they cannot account for the source of all the bits. Every now and then a bit is transmitted incorrectly, and while most of those mutations can be attributed to identifiable causes such as hacking, machine error, or line damage, the researchers are left with a few percent that somehow changed themselves. In other words, a small fraction of what the technium communicates originates not from any of its known human-made nodes but from the system at large. The technium is whispering to itself."
This is all in the first chapter of the book, so I still have a lot to discover, but I was wondering: