The first replicator was the gene - the basis of biological evolution. The second was memes - the basis of cultural evolution. I believe that what we are now seeing, in a vast technological explosion, is the birth of a third evolutionary process. We are Earth’s Pandoran species, yet we are blissfully oblivious to what we have let out of the box.
A little apocalyptic, but not beyond the realm of possibility. Of course, this does assume memes as fact, when in reality it is quite circumspect.