These metaphors you give are all suffer from the same error:
In tethering, the tether has to be of appropriate size and strength. That is not the case here
Hardware and software function at the same level too. The program is designed specifically to handle Hardware of that specific size and visa versa.
They are size matched perfectly
The engineered items are constructed to be perfectly matched up to the point of utility.
But it is the smaller that serves the needs of the larger:
For example the precise engineering is to eliminate the whims of electrical currents that do not behave.
In fact in semiconductors it is precisely the large that is controlling the movement of electrons -gating in and out of holes
The large controls the small
That is to say, it is the software that is telling the hardware what to do
That would be like the thoughts corralling the neurons – which is precisely the inverse of what you are trying to say.
And layers? These are not layers like a cake – in fact this is nothing like cake
Where does the baking soda in the cake control the temperature of the oven?
In these cases it is the large that is corralling the small.
It is not the small in charge of the large.
Simply by scale it cannot be so
Quantum lassos wrangling the macro world is simply not the case
I wish it were – that would be very cool