That's my feeling too. At the lower levels, it's a reward. The MA is, in many ways, a mystery cult. And there are probably lots of diverging branches, since one piece of cybertech precludes others.
At higher levels, there's probably personal experimentation. The Magos engages in mix-n-match with various approved technologies. Though, even at the higher levels, status still seems to allow better upgrades.
Wealth is created when we use new knowledge to create new things or improve efficiencies.
This technology, along with people pondering applications using type three levers is literally a new mechanical revolution in waiting. There are going to be many patents, from people who're curious and can tinker.