In this 21st Century, perhaps we not only owe our tech to folks like Einstein, Edison and Hawking, but to the greatest one of all.
Tesla, a pioneering Serbian-born physicist, made the prediction about the portable messaging service in the Popular Mechanics magazine in 1909.
Tesla, whose name lives on at Tesla Motors, the electric car manufacturer, saw wireless energy as the only way to make electricity thrive.
He wrote in the magazine that, one day it would be possible to transmit wireless messages all over the world.
Tesla, who spent most of his adult life in America before his death in New York in 1943, imagined such a hand-held device would be simple to use and that, one day, everyone in the world would communicate to friends using it.
This, he added, would usher in a new era of technology.
Seth Porges, the magazine’s technology editor, disclosed Tesla’s prediction at a presentation, titled “108 years of futurism”, to industry figures recently in New York.
The “Crackberry” as it has been dubbed for its addictive qualities, is popular with business executives and US President Barack Obama, but has struggled in Britain to widen its appeal to a younger demographic.
The magazine, which has nine international editions that is read by millions, has been trying to imagine how the world will look in future years since it was first published in January 1902.
“Nikola Tesla was able to predict technology which is still in its nascent forms a hundred years later,” Mr Porges said.
“He talked a lot about his other great passion, which was wireless power.
“It has taken a little longer to get off the ground, but work on fascinating wireless conductive transmission is going on right now in research centres at MIT and Intel and other places.”
But some predictions have fallen short of expectations such as personal helicopters, flying cars, airports positioned on the top of giant buildings, and even an oven that also acted as a hairdryer.
In the first half of the 20th century, other magazine writers imagined trains that were transported around the country via hot air balloons, fire fighters that wore sprinkler helmets and homebuyers that chose their homes via mail order.
Once again I must bring up the rumor that Tesla received his ideas from “aliens.”
There are rumors that a Russian territorial governor might have had contact with ‘aliens’, possibly passing state secrets.
Concerns have been raised by State Duma deputy Andrei Lebedev that a Russian governor, who is claiming to have had contact with extraterrestrials in 1997, may have compromised state secrets.The story, first told by governor Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on Russian television last week, is making the rounds in the mainstream media.
According to his personal account of an extraterrestrial encounter, Ilyumzhinov was contacted by aliens on September 18, 1997.
Joe Firmage, the former CEO of the multi-billion dollar Internet consulting company USWeb, claimed to have been contacted by an extraterrestrial visitor in October 1997.
According to many accounts, the alleged aliens are attracted to bedrooms and sleeping humans.
Joe Firmage reported a visitor at the foot of his bed.
Firmage also reported that the alleged alien projected a ball of light into his body, resulting in an indescribable state of ecstasy.
According to Moscow Times, as Ilyumzhinov was falling asleep, he heard ‘someone’ calling him to the balcony of his Moscow apartment, where he entered a “semi-transparent half tube” and saw human-looking aliens in yellow spacesuits.
Communication with the extraterrestrial interlopers took place using mind-to-mind telepathy. Ilyumzhinov explained that the contact with the visitors took place “on a level of the exchange of the ideas.”
Recent research into new applications for brain scanning technology suggests it will be possible to convert brain images into words. The possibility of mind-to-mind communication, mediated by advanced technology, has moved from the province of science fiction into the real world.
Unlike the account from Firmage, who claimed the extraterrestrial visitor chuckled when it was told he wanted to travel in space, Ilyumzhinov claims to have actually been taken aboard the otherworldly craft. According to Ilyumzhinov, when his driver, minister, and assistant arrived at this apartment in the morning, he was no where to be found.
About an hour later, Ilyumzhinov emerged from the bedroom, much to their shock and disbelief.
Andrei Lebedev, who is a member of the Duma’s Security Committee, has reportedly requested that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev conduct a security review, to ensure that the aliens did not elicit (or presumably telepathically obtain) confidential information.
According to Moscow Times, “Lebedev also asked Medvedev whether Ilyumzhinov had ever informed the Kremlin of his contacts with aliens and whether a procedure was in place for senior officials who know state secrets — like Ilyumzhinov — to report such contacts to the Kremlin.”
Joe Firmage’s public revelation of his 1997 personal extraterrestrial encounter eventually led to his resignation from USWeb in 1999.
To remain the governor of Kalmykia, Ilyumzhinov must be reappointed by President Medvedev in October.
Recently, strange reports of otherworldly beings and government black operations have been connected to famous politicians and government officials interested in alternative energy sources.
One of the most infamous legends in UFOlogy is the so-called Majestic 12 MAJIC Eisenhower Briefing Document. Although the document has been widely discredited, if taken at face value, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower was briefed concerning an alien presence.
Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of President Eisenhower, met with Russian President Medvedev in 2009 as a part of a bi-partisan commission on US-Russia relations, and is a member of US President Obama’s Department of Energy Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Susan Eisenhower was married to Roald Sagdeev, the former director of the Soviet Space Research Institute.
Laura Magdalene Eisenhower, the great-granddaughter of US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, claims to have been the victim of an attempted recruitment into a secret Mars colony project involving an extraterrestrial presence. According to documents obtained by STARstream Research, the alleged Mars mission concept was based upon new nuclear powered rocket engines.
Nuclear powered rocket engines were among the futuristic ideas examined by the Space Technology International Forum, or STAIF.
Beyond exotic nuclear powered rocket engines, rumors concerning exotic alternative energy concepts and a possible extraterrestrial connection have been the topic of conversation by government related sources.
STAIF Section “F” examined far-out fringe topics including warp drives, worm holes and beyond. Paul Murad of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Dr. Eric Davis, who is known for a teleportation study commissioned by the USAF, were among the presenters.
According to one source, a journalist covering the STAIF conferences was approached by American intelligence with an offer of money in exchange for editorial control of the reporter’s content.
Former CIA analyst Ron Pandolfi, an associate of Paul Murad, is well known for his interest in UFOs and alternative science. Pandolfi was “the highest ranking scientist at the Agency,” and was ” put to work on developing alternative energy sources,” according to Ken Timmerman of Newsmax. Recently, Pandolfi tasked the elite JASON scientific group to examine the fringe topic of high frequency gravity waves. The topic of high frequency gravity waves has been associated with alleged alien technologies, like antigravity.
Dr. Hal Puthoff, who worked for various government agencies interested in creating ‘psychic spies’ during the cold war, has been investigating the potential for so-called zero point energy: the extraction of energy from empty space. It is widely assumed by the UFO community that extraterrestrial spacecraft are powered by zero point energy.”
I can’ help but notice this all came about after the governor went to sleep.
A case of a waking dream?