Software is not a physical, tangible, manufactured good. The storage device it lives on is tangible, physical, manufactured, but the software is not. The software is a reconfiguration of the energy that is on the storage device. Change the software, you change the energy.
Energy does not rust like metal. You can lose energy but when you maintain energy, software has properties physical things do not. Instantaneous transfer, perfect purity of form, and endless replication. Ironically, this unlimited nature of software works against traditional ways of defining the value of a thing when physical scarcity is a reality. Software is not scarce once created.
Technology can directly influence how people perceive the world and engage with it. Tools of technology can alter what a person is predisposed to do or how they do it. Altruism can be channeled through technology to make ideal configurations of society real. This seems to be the future role of technology. That or its inverse, an entrenched means of repression and inhibition of potential most inescapable. The benefit of technology follows from the motivations of its makers and stewards.
String theory is interpreted by some as a reality where energetic strings are vibrating all around us. Those vibrations create the very particles that then make up the particles that make up atoms. It follows that if you can influence the vibrations, you can influence the existence of matter and energy yourself. A computer that can deal directly with these vibratory string could be a mechanism to transform reality. If the theory has solid basis in reality.
For the longest time, people who built code had liberty to do so without sanction. The idea of intellectual property did not exist. You could work at a company, provide them code, go off into your spare time and do your own thing. That went away for many in the years following the first dot-coms. Now, there are grave restrictions on those who write code. You can even be terminated from a job if you fail to agree to these new terms after the fact. The right way to do intellectual property is to base it on traditional trade secret law and make no provision or restriction to what individuals do in their off duty time.