Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In which I try to learn more about things I don't understand.

Building on this post of a month ago, and also closely related to Behind the Beautiful Forevers, today I came across a fascinating article on Quartz: The secret to the Uber economy is wealth inequality

These luxuries are not new. I took advantage of them long before Uber became a verb, before the world saw the first iPhone in 2007, even before the first submarine fibre-optic cable landed on our shores in 1997. In my hometown of Mumbai, we have had many of these conveniences for at least as long as we have had landlines—and some even earlier than that.

It did not take technology to spur the on-demand economy. It took masses of poor people.

It's a fascinating article, and not too long.

Well worth reading.

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