As soon as it is completed, it will be possible for a business man in New York to dictate instructions, and have them instantly appear in type at his office in London or elsewhere. He will be able to call up, from his desk, and talk to any telephone subscriber on the globe, without any change whatever in the existing equipment. An inexpensive instrument, not bigger than a watch, will enable its bearer to hear anywhere, on sea or land, music or song, the speech of a political leader, the address of an eminent man of science, or the sermon of an eloquent clergyman, delivered in some other place, however distant...
"Humanity will be like an ant heap stirred up with a stick: See the excitement coming!
" Nikola Tesla The Transmission of Electric Energy Without Wires" in Electrical World and Engineer (5 March 1904)
...In the same manner any picture, character, drawing, or print can be transferred from one to another place. Millions of such instruments can be operated from but one plant of this kind. More important than all of this, however, will be the transmission of power, without wires, which will be shown on a scale large enough to carry conviction. On the Wardenclyffe Tower, in "The Future of the Wireless Art" in Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony (1908)
...Tesla went on to pursue his ideas of wireless lighting and electricity distribution in his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs and made early (1893) pronouncements on the possibility of wireless communication with his devices. He tried to put these ideas to practical use in his ill-fated attempt at intercontinental wireless transmission; his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project. In his lab he also conducted a range of experiments with mechanical oscillator/generators, electrical discharge tubes, and early X-ray imaging. He even built a wireless controlled boat which may have been the first such device ever exhibited...
Nikola Tesla's World System 1919
(Our early mobile phone system)
The interconnection of existing telegraph exchanges or offices all over the world;
The establishment of a secret and non-interferable government telegraph service;
The interconnection of all present telephone exchanges or offices around the Globe;
The universal distribution of general news by telegraph or telephone, in conjunction with the Press;
The establishment of such a "World System" of intelligence transmission for exclusive private use;
The interconnection and operation of all stock tickers of the world;
The establishment of a World system—of musical distribution, etc.;
The universal registration of time by cheap clocks indicating the hour with astronomical precision and requiring no attention whatever;
The world transmission of typed or handwritten characters, letters, checks, etc.;
The establishment of a universal marine service enabling the navigators of all ships to steer perfectly without compass, to determine the exact location, hour and speak; to prevent collisions and disasters, etc.;
The inauguration of a system of world printing on land and sea;
The world reproduction of photographic pictures and all kinds of drawings or records..."
Nikola Tesla Transmition of Electricity Without Wire
Here [referring to Fig. 79] is the earth. Radio engineers do not realize this truth, but when they do they will immediately get a different view of the whole radio transmission and will design their apparatus accordingly. [I]n fact, they will do exactly what I did. It was a revelation to me.
The earth is 4,000 miles radius. Around this conducting earth is an atmosphere. The earth is a conductor; the atmosphere above is a conductor, only there is a little stratum between the conducting atmosphere and the conducting earth which is insulating. Now, on the basis of my experiments in my laboratory on Houston Street, the insulating layer of air, which separates the conducting layer of air from the conducting surface of the earth, is shown to scale as you see it here. Those [radii lines] are 60 of the circumference of the earth, and you may notice that faint white line, a little bit of a crack, that extends between those two conductors. Now, you realize right away that if you set up differences of potential at one point, say, you will create in the media corresponding fluctuations of potential. But, since the distance from the earth's surface to the conducting atmosphere is minute, as compared with the distance of the receiver at 4,000 miles, say, you can readily see that the energy cannot travel along this curve and get there, but will be immediately transformed into conduction currents, and these currents will travel like currents over a wire with a return. The energy will be recovered in the circuit, not by a beam that passes along this curve and is reflected and absorbed, because such a thing is impossible, but it will travel by conduction and will be recovered in this [emphasis in original] way. Had I drawn this white line to scale on the basis of my Colorado experiments, it would be so thin that you would have to use a magnifying glass to see it.
Tesla's AC Motor Lighting Flash Inspiration!
While reciting Goethe's Faust and observing the setting sun in awe, Nikola was very much inspired and in a flash the answer to the workings of an AC electro magnetic induction system came to him. After that fateful day, the world was never the same again. Today we regularly enjoy his system, day after day, night after night. Tesla gave us a second life with his magnificent invention.
"Sie rückt und weicht, der Tag ist überlebt,
Dort eilt sie hin und fordert neues Leben.
Oh, dass kein Flügel mich vom Boden hebt
Ihr nach und immer nach zu streben!
Ein schöner Traum indessen sie entweicht,
Ach, zu des Geistes Flügeln wird so leicht
Kein körperlicher Flügel sich gesellen!"
"She moves and yields, the day of toil now done,
there she hurries and explores new fields of life.
Ah, that no wing can lift me from the ground
to closely follow her and soar!
A beautiful dream! Though now the glories fade.
Alas, the wings which lift the mind so lightly
can find no bodily counterpart!"