The thing that has made us so successful as a species is our ability to make our technologies part of us – or even, to put it another way: to make ourselves part of them. This is a perspective we have not wanted to recognize, however; and as a result we have been occupied (or preoccupied) by a foreign force: our own advanced technologies. They have become us and we have become them. We are no longer human beings – but something much, much better (we think): techno-beings.
This may sound like the rantings of a lunatic to you, so let me back off and start with our first technologies, which are borderline cases: our language and our brain – which no doubt evolved together. Is there any doubt that they are us?
You may demure that language is not really us – and you have a good point: the Buddha said the same thing: that we must not mistake language for reality.
And this can be taken further: modern science has discovered that consciousness is not reality either, but an illusion made in our brain: our most basic technology.
And this can be taken even further: by considering DNA to be a technology – but this is probably pushing it too far – but does show how important information processing is to life. We have simply taken this process a step further, as described in The Control Revolution – which I highly recommend, especially Table 3-2 Analytic dimensions and empirical properties of the four levels of control, including the type of social system possible at each level.
This lays it on the line – but does not take it a step further, and does not speak of what is produced by this mindless evolution: techno-beings. Which are not human beings at all.