You’ve heard of Tesla, right? No, not the car. We’re talking about the inventor, the physicist, the mechanic and the electric engineer – the man who helped Edison create his empire.
Inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a scientific pioneer. During the turn of the 20th century, he was the Tony Stark of the age. He’s best known for designing the modern electrical system of alternating current (AC).
Inventor & Futurist
A tireless worker with a brilliant mind, Tesla spoke eight languages and held 300 patents. Today his legacy lives on: The electric car company takes its name from the inventor, and there’s even a Tesla statue that emits wi-fi in Silicon Valley. Tesla is finally getting the credit he’s due.
Not only were his inventions something that astonished people of that time; his predictions regarding power and communication were also eye-opening. Various science camps say Tesla invented the concept of Wi-Fi…as well as the mobile phone.
Listen to Tesla describe what sounds very much like the modern smartphone…in 1926:
“When wireless is perfectly applied, the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which, in fact, it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.”
We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance…through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face…
– Nikola Tesla
When Tesla died in 1943, during World War II, the U.S. government seized his belongings. While most of the documents were returned to his family later on (some of which are now housed in the Tesla Museum in Belgrade), the U.S. government still keeps some of Tesla’s documents classified.
Creating the Future
Tesla would have loved to live in our modern age. With 3D printers and robotics and engineering camps, kids and teens can create almost anything their minds can dream up.
What futuristic invention have you thought up today?