Even though we often draw a distinction between “natural” and “technological” domains, there’s something intriguingly similar about the processes that drive both of them. Biological evolution and technological progress are both about problem solving. They’re both about making it easier for life to survive and thrive. They’re both driven by experimentation and learning from failure. And they both make the impossible possible. It’s no mystery why: Intelligence, the faculty that enables technology, is a product of evolution, too. It’s all the same process of refining life on Earth.
From Chapter 4: “Magic and Mayhem”