I stumbled across an article, quite some time ago, about the 10 inventions by Nikola Tesla that changed the world. I thought it rather fascinating that I had no idea who Nikola Tesla was yet he played such a drastic role in the inventions we use every day today. We’ve all heard of Thomas Edison, but, did you know Nikola Tesla worked for Edison? Anyway, Tesla was eventually known as a “mad scientist” and many of his inventions gained popular interest in areas such as pseudosciences, UFO theories and New Age occultism. I guess we could say Tesla’s inventions were ahead of its time.
I have copied the list of the 10 inventions by Nikola Tesla and summed it up for you to get a general idea of how important he was to our modern day science and technology.
Alternating Current – Edison introduced DC current (backed by General Electric) which was costly over long distances and produced dangerous sparking from required converters (which eventually led to the electric chair). Tesla introduced AC which was a much safer and less costly form of current. He was able to demonstrate how safe it is by shooting a current through his own body to generate light.
Light – He didn’t invent light itself but he did invent how light could be harnessed and distributed. Tesla developed and used florescent bulbs 40 years before the industry “invented” them. He invented the first neon signs at the World’s Fair and the infamous Tesla Coil.
X-rays – Tesla played a drastic role in the production of medical diagnostics using x-rays. Electromagnetic and ionizing radiation was very popular in the late 1800s, but, Tesla believed that everything we need to understand the universe is around us at all times, however, we need to develop real world devices to help realize those perceptions and thus he helped with the fruition of x-rays.
Radio – Guglielmo Marconi is often known as the inventor of the radio, however, Tesla was actually the inventor of the first radio. Radio signals are just frequencies that need transmitters and receivers. Tesla demonstrated this in 1893 during a presentation. The U.S patent office awarded Marconi a patent instead of Tesla for the invention of the radio, possibly because of his financial backers in the States, who included Edison and Andrew Carnegie. This also helped the U.S. government (among others) to avoid having to pay royalties that Tesla claimed.
Remote Control – This invention was just a natural creation that came after the radio. This technology was not used for quite some time but the very first remote controlled model boat was demonstrated in 1898. This technology was taken over by the military in its pursuit of remote controlled war.
Electric Motor – Tesla’s invention of the electric motor with rotating magnetic fields could have freed mankind from the stranglehold of Big Oil. However, his inventions with electric motors were not funded because of the economic crisis due to the war.
Robotics – Tesla believed that all living beings were merely driven by external impulses. Thus, it led to his invention of robots.
Laser – Tesla’s invention of the laser is the epitome of how inventions and science can be used for either good or evil. Lasers have transformed medical history by ways of surgical applications. Lasers also occur in our current digital media. However, laser defence systems today, which include laser rifles and directed energy “death rays” are a prime example of how the government or military can use this technology to control and manipulate wars by way of fear.
Wireless Communications and Limitless Free Energy – These two inventions work hand in hand. The question rose amongst the elite – what good is energy if it can’t be metered and controlled? The notion that energy would be given away for free was preposterous. J.P. Morgan backed Tesla with $150,000 to build a tower that would use the natural frequencies of the universe to transmit data. This was the first wireless communications. This showed that the universe was filled with free energy that could be utilized to form a world wide web connecting everyone from everywhere. Tesla was dedicated to empowering every individual to receive and transmit this data virtually free of charge, but, as well all know, this never happened. We are charged ridiculous amounts of money to use limitless energy and to use wireless communications which also could be provided for free.
“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything”. ~ Nikola Tesla