The software-as-animal metaphor is useful. Cates and other members of the glitch art community often hunt for coding defects (the eponymous glitches) in the ecosystem of computer programs. These glitches are considered feral or wild until they are captured and domesticated into more stable and repeatable forms: then they’re used to infect or mutate other media.
The tech world is being inundated by design gurus preaching "iteration!" But thinking like an artist can be more profound for programmers–and more natural.