Friday, August 20, 2010

Tesla Predicts iPhone, Blackberry and Droid Technology … in 1909

One hundred and one years ago, in a conversation with a New York Times reporter, the brash and brilliant Nikola Tesla, a predicted the current mobile revolution. Popular Mechanics reprinted the Times interview, “Wireless of the Future,” in its October 1909 issue. Here’s an example of what the high-tech visionary was forecasting more than a century ago:

“It will soon be possible, for instance, for a business man in New York to dictate instructions and have them appear instantly in type in London or elsewhere. He will be able to call up from his desk and talk with any telephone subscriber in the world. It will only be necessary to carry an inexpensive instrument not bigger than a watch, which will enable its bearer to hear anywhere on sea or land for distances of thousands of miles. One may listen or transmit speech or song to the uttermost parts of the world.”

(Via Boing Boing)

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