In the hands of an average person, a computer can merely be used to check email and play games. In the hands of a programmer, it transforms into a fertile canvas for creativity.
Most people have no use for minute quantities of exotic chemicals. Yet, a chemist can transform them into powerful, life-saving drugs.
Hunter gatherers were smarter than us. Yet, any raw material of value today – silicon, diamonds, copper, river sand and limestone would be worthless to them for they lacked the means to harness their value.
Science and technology are the magical forces that transform waste into the wonders we have come to take for granted.