Nikola Tesla – Mad Electricity

“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.”

– Nikola Tesla, 1929

14 Comments on "Nikola Tesla – Mad Electricity"

  1. “Until a sunspot hits…and then you're just f*cked.” -V.Magi 2010

    (cool article tho…I love Tesla. We need a few like him today.)

    • I'm thinking you mean 'solar flare' or 'coronal mass ejection.'

      • Shit …all of the above! I worry about our incredibly interlinked and interdependent communications and control systems. In the decade plus since sunspots and solar flares were last a problem, this planet had changed a lot…we may be perversely MORE vulnerable that ever. Worrisome.

        • We seem to be lucking out, what with the weather on the Sun being curiously calm as of late.

          Anything that threatens my perpetual access to the internet, however, must be elevated to top national priority.

          • lol…true…because personally I wouldn't miss global finance and communications if they were crippled, but a week with no internet would be hellish to say the least 😉

  2. Glad to see that Tesla is getting some attention in mainstream media
    When he sought funding from JP Morgan he claimed his wireless energy system would “free the working man from his toil” to which Morgan laughed and replied “What, you would reduce me to an antenna salesman?”

    • Conniedobbs | Jun 30, 2010 at 9:45 am |

      Oh yes, because we all know Tesla was a misunderstood genius that history has completely forgotten. Despite, of course, the fact that the entire US electrical grid is based on his design.

      • Well…there is a difference between DOING something incredible and being well KNOWN for something incredible.

        Tesla did plenty…but most people no longer even know his name. It is nice to see him getting some nods again. He deserves them and more.

        • Conniedobbs | Jul 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm |

          REALLY? REALLY? A car named after him, 600 history channel specials, a million tesla coil youtube videos, a shitty hair metal band, AND a key role in a major motion picture from the director of Batman where he was played by no less than David Bowie (starring alongside the aforementioned batman, as well as wolverine, alfred, and scarlet johansen's ass) and you're STILL NOT SATISFIED? Here's a hint- “most people” don't know who thomas edison is, either.

          • terrordrone | Jul 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

            people who respect edison and tesla know how they are

          • You're telling me that if you walked down a street, Tesla would get equal credit and be recognized by a number of people even remotely equal to Edison?

            Maybe if you live on MIT's campus…but thats about it. I'm not saying its fair, I'm just saying it's the way it is. The history books haven't been as generous as I think they should have been.

            Terrordrone got it right…those who respect the accomplishments and can list them, you or I as examples, know who they are and remember them both…my experience in the outside world has taught me that many people may know the WORD Tesla…and a smaller number may know it as the name of a scientist…but that's about it. You have to find serious science fans before Nikolai's first name even gets used.

            I wish that weren't true…but if wishes were fishes we'd walk on the sea…and a movie that only intellectuals and science nerds (which is us…because only among diehards could this dispute even happen) bother to watch isn't going to cure that. I still think the man deserves more recognition…my apologies for respecting his work…I suppose I should relent and curse the day he was born?

          • Tuna Ghost | Jul 1, 2010 at 11:58 pm |

            Maybe this was before your time, but I was never once taught about tesla in high school. Edison was still the “father of modern electricity”. Things may have changed since then, but I believe the general consensus is still that Tesla lives in Edison's shadow, which is downright criminal considering the history of the two.

      • “the fact that the entire US electrical grid is based on his design”
        The fact that the grid conducts AC is about all it has to do with Tesla's vision. If someone did base it on Tesla's design they did a poor job. I couldn't find reference to this.
        Burning coal, timber or boiling water were not methods of power generation that Tesla considered of value. Vast amounts of copper cables were not needed for his design.
        In 1900 Tesla wrote ” The experiments not only prove we can transmit power as well as signals without wires through atmospheric conditions, but I have proven that there is electrical resonance in the earth itself. Power and signals can be transmitted through the ground as well as the air. Instead of drawing current from the air and grounding it into the earth, we can put current into the ground and tap into that current anywhere – in any city, in any home – and utilise that current and send it back ninto the air.”
        He also said to Mark Twain “And imagine if you will,Mark, a landscape uninterrupted by wires”
        Hardly what you've got 110 years later.

  3. lol…true…because personally I wouldn’t miss global finance and communications if they were crippled, but a week with no internet would be hellish to say the least 😉

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