How Nikolai Tesla Predicted the Blackberry

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101 years ago, physicist and inventor Nikolai Tesla predicted a device that would let a businessman in New York wirelessly communicate with his office in London or elsewhere — a gizmo just like the Blackberry.

The physicist’s comments were from an interview with the New York Times, printed in the October 1909 issue of Popular Mechanics and referenced by the magazine’s current technology editor, Seth Porges.

Porges, at a presentation for futurism enthusiasts in New York City, brought up the prediction for a presentation titled "108 Years of Futurism," made by Seth Porges. At the time, Tesla had spoken about the "primitive" wireless telegraph technology. Noting that only electric waves were being used, he described the potential of instead transmitting electric currents.

"It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages all over the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his own apparatus," Tesla had told the Times, describing  "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," he wrote.

Imagine what the people from yesterday would think of our technology today.  I don’t think Nikolia Tesla would be too surprised.  What do you think?  Post your thoughts on the CCS Retail Systems User Forum, registration is free.

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