Sunday 22 October 2017

Great disaster looms as technology comes after white-collar workers

Marco Polo, as shown on Netflix, is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court and along the Silk Road
Marco Polo, as shown on Netflix, is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court and along the Silk Road
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Looking out to sea at the huge winter waves crashing upon the Cape Town shore, it's hard to imagine what the first local tribesman thought when he saw, in the distance, Vasco De Gama's tiny Portuguese ship sail round the Cape of Good Hope, heading out towards the Indian Ocean in search of profit.

You wonder what went through the local's mind? Could he have imagined the calamity that was soon to befall his people and most of the peoples of Africa?

Once the Portuguese had opened up the passage to India via the Atlantic, the old Silk Roads, the commercial superhighways of the medieval ages from China to Istanbul, were gradually downgraded in global commerce. Economically, the Earth shifted on its axis from Asia to the Atlantic. This was the great disruption.

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