What can we learn about today’s economy from an ancient camel caravan? Quite a lot! Join one of METal’s most popular guest speakers, Robert Tercek, as he shares some surprising insights about the ancient Silk Road.
Today it’s a commonplace notion that we live in times of accelerating change triggered by the free flow of information. But we’ve been here before. 2000 years ago, the Silk Road linked the great civilizations of East and West in a exchange of commerce, culture and ideas.
What began as a simple exchange of rare luxury goods ended with a massive societal shift that disrupted the biggest land empires in history. This dusty 8000 mile trail that spanned two continents was the first Information Superhighway, transmitting explosive ideas that changed the course of human society.
Attend this week’s METal to learn how this ancient trade route shaped contemporary life:
- Four inventions in China that reshaped world civilization.
- How the Roman emperor invented industrial espionage.
- The Silk Road’s most enduring legacy is religion, not commerce.
- How information networks disseminate self-disruptive ideas.
- How the Age of Discovery was a reaction to the collapse of the Mongol Empire.
Understanding the Present Through the Lens of the Past
Every generation likes to believe it is somehow exceptional. Ours is no exception! We tell ourselves that we live in the Age of Information, as if this is somehow a new phenomenon. But it is not new. It is the fundamental character of human society to trade information. Every chapter of human civilization has involved the exchange of ideas… and each successive exchange exerts a profound influence upon the character and trajectory of the next wave of human advancement. The story of the Silk Road illustrates this process.
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