Which came first? War or technology? Philosophy time! Which came first - war or technology? I believe war came first. Two apes fighting over either a chunk of food or some fine ape booty. War. Then one of them picked up a jawbone and bashed the brains out of the other. Technology. It could be argued that there was no way to have war before technology. Before the jawbone was used it was not war, it was bickering. Yet there have been large groups of people battling other large groups of people and not a weapon to be found. Turf wars between punk gangs - before they became sophisticated and started shooting each other. So what say you?