In the evolutionary analogy, the technology changes the fitness/impact of the technology by changing the environmental part of the equation. Impact in innovation is analogous to fitness in evolution
These are different than root nodes because root nodes are basically General purpose technologies that unlock
The term ‘root node’ term first came from The interview in the context of using AI to solve all the other problems. Is the AI a precursor node or is it an environmental factor? A proxy question question is whether computers that are able to simulate something
In the tech tree model of innovation, nodes are not truly “root” nodes. And because The tech tree is fractal it’s pointless to ask what the root nodes were so we don’t have to do any philosophical navel gazing.