I am designing self-evolving and self-learning cognitive architecture (that is how the Artificial General intelligence is being implemented) with the seed intelligence approach, that is why I am using ontologies extensively to seed this initial intelligence (for letting to evolve further in their own manner). I am using Reinforcement-Learning/Belief-Desire-Action paradigm. So - I have domain ontologies which I am trying to express (lable) as states and actions and I have planning mechanisms. That is fine - agent observes the world, recognizes it as a system of state and actions (transitions among states that can be initiated by the agent).
But my experience is - that lot of human actions are not actions per se on the external world. Instead - they are actions to design/create tools/instruments with whom the actions can be performed. E.g. computer programming is creation software as tool. Medicine is creation of drugs and medical devices as tools with whom to exert action over body. Law automation - tools to do legal reasoning and activities. Algorithms - tools to do actions in the domain of mathematics.
So - everywhere we are looking - we are not thinking about direction actions on the world, but we are thinking about design and creation of tools: apparently - tools have their own ontologies (ontologies or tools, ontologies of part of tools, e.g. there are ontologies of software elements) and tools should have the ontologies of capabilities of tools. And we should have ontologies/philosophies how direct human actions or how actions with other tools are used to create another tools. Aren't this theory of metaaction, if such theory exists?
For me it is critically important to grasp the general notions of tools/instruments/(Bacon would said
organon, Descartes would say
method - but they though this about the intellectual tools, ideas as instruments). Of course, I am sane man and I can list all those notions myself, but I fell that there should be philosophers who have done some thinking about tools/instruments.
I am actively searching such themes as philosophy of engineering, technology, design, but the results or very grounded. There are good branches of philosophy of action and agency (https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/action/, https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/agency/) and I would be happy to have similar level of abstraction for the philosophy of tools/instruments.
Anyway - use of tools is the important feature to be human, so - how philosophy can avoid it?
My question is reference request - I would be happy get any keywords, terms, names of philosophers who have done thinking about tools/instruments (both - tools for ideas and tools for real actions in the real world). My guess is that there is such branch of philosophy but it just uses different keywords and that is why Google gives nothing for me when I am searching "philsophy of tools".
My big program is to use philosophy as the guiding lamp for gathering seed intelligence for cognitive architecture. I am myself a computer science student and programmer. I will be very happy if someone from the domain of philosophy would share his/her knowledge and ideas for the development of practical Artificial (General) Intelligence and in such manner the jobs could be automated and the exploitation of humanity can be ended and everyone will be able to enjoy creative activities, like, doing philosophy. Besides, automation can be of big help in times of bad epidemics. Hope, that my question will unite folks.