I think the science and design meet where engineering and economics combine. Industry has always been the most efficient means of diffusing advanced technologies across a specific population, especially as costs to produce said technologies go down. Moore's Law, the Internet and cheap mobile hardware are a perfect example of this phenomenon.
The effects these (and other) innovations have on our world – namely their ability to empower individuals – drive new creative endeavours (art) and intellectual discourses (philosophy and political movements) that dictate the cultural zeitgesit of contemporary society.
This dynamic feedback loop is what second-order cybernetics was primarily concerned with