This is a (short) story of the human evolution of technology that begins in the Industrial Revolution and ends in the electronic revolution.
Technology, whether expressed as software or hardware, nano or mega, is a tool. As our tools have become increasingly complex and adaptable, we humans have become increasingly detached from completely understanding them, and with that, we are also losing the ability to contain or manage the direction technology takes us.
Because technology can do something, we let it, without fully understanding or appreciating the consequences. What is ending is our human way of controlling what, how, and when, applications of technology are implemented.