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Nikola Tesla's 21st century predictions

Posted on Monday, 22 April, 2013 | Comment icon 34 comments


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Tesla predicted a great many things about the future and much of it turned out to be spot on.

During the 1930s Tesla was interviewed several times by journalists from prominent newspapers of the day about his ideas of the future and what he predicted would happen. Often regarded as one of the foremost visionaries of his time, Tesla foresaw a future in which scientific advancement would take precedence in society over war and politics, natural food and clean air would be more greatly valued and in which "thinking machines" would be developed and used.

Not all of his ideas were on the ball however, in Tesla's later years he started to dine on nothing more than milk and honey based on his belief that this represented the purest form of food, leaving him weak and gaunt. "Bernarr Macfadden has shown how it is possible to provide palatable food based upon natural products such as milk, honey, and wheat," he said. "I believe that the food which is served today in his penny restaurants will be the basis of epicurean meals in the smartest banquet halls of the twenty-first century."

"In the 1930s journalists from publications like the New York Times and Time magazine would regularly visit Nikola Tesla at his home on the 20th floor of the Hotel Governor Clinton in Manhattan."

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Comment icon #25 Posted by Beany on 25 April, 2013, 13:37
He almost brought down a building during one of his experiments, using something like resonating vibrations. He claimed he could split the earth, given enough time.
Comment icon #26 Posted by regeneratia on 28 April, 2013, 20:19
Boy, Smithsonianmag really puts on the cookies. Suspicious. I shut it down, the page, before seeing the article. Steven Greer has a film out that talks about free energy and Tesla. Might be good to take a look at that film: http://siriusdisclosure.com/, http://siriusdisclosure.com/orion-project/
Comment icon #27 Posted by Assassin Spider on 29 April, 2013, 14:42
He almost brought down a building during one of his experiments, using something like resonating vibrations. He claimed he could split the earth, given enough time. Yeah, one of my favorite Tesla legends. He ended up destroying the earthquake machine so it wouldn't do any more damage. So awesome.
Comment icon #28 Posted by RabidCat on 29 April, 2013, 17:48
I think George Westinghouse funded a lot of his research, and the idea of free power didn't go over well with him. He was a business man, and needed to make a profit. It was J. P. Morgan that was funding Tesla. Morgan didn't like the idea of free energy. Those of you who wish to research into Tesla's doings should remember a couple things: the theory of the day was aether (or ether, whichever you prefer), science was predominantly experimental, and if you replicate certain of Tesla's experiments, be careful to whom you reveal your results, as there are powers that do not want his work to be ge... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by AlnilamPhiSiriusly on 1 May, 2013, 0:27
The Missing Secrets of Nikola Tesla http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps83m_-sBl0
Comment icon #30 Posted by psyche101 on 1 May, 2013, 8:24
Boy, Smithsonianmag really puts on the cookies. Suspicious. I shut it down, the page, before seeing the article. Steven Greer has a film out that talks about free energy and Tesla. Might be good to take a look at that film: http://siriusdisclosure.com/, http://siriusdisclos.../orion-project/ Greer? Holy crap, you cannot possibly be Sirius.
Comment icon #31 Posted by psyche101 on 1 May, 2013, 8:31
Marconi even used Tesla's patented technology,17 patents to be precise when he transmitted that first message across the Atlantic and Marconi took all the glory.Tesla is truly the founder of most of the Technology we use today. It was probably because he was a stoner. Marconi did indeed transmit the letter S in 1901, the same transmission Tesla claimed to have received from outer space in 1899, then John Jacob Astor IV invested $100,000 for Tesla to further develop and produce a new lighting system. Instead, Tesla used the money to fund his Colorado Springs experiments. A brilliant man agreed,... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Frank Merton on 1 May, 2013, 10:05
I of course don't now have any of my old high school books, and the present curriculum has almost nothing to say about the history of radio (according to my sons), but I am quite sure that Tesla and Marconi were given pretty equal billing when I was growing up in a French high school. At any rate both names were equally familiar to me as doing with early radio.
Comment icon #33 Posted by lightly on 1 May, 2013, 11:18
'' Often regarded as one of the foremost visionaries of his time, Tesla foresaw a future in which scientific advancement would take precedence in society over war and politics, natural food and clean air would be more greatly valued'' . bit of an epic fail there then huh.....? i wonder though, was he saying that would happen in the 21st century... or.... later? because i think eventually will will be forced to breath clean air and eat natural foods. LOL In the 1950s ... we were taught in school that Marconi invented radio... PERIOD. No mention of Tesla whatsoever! .. of course Tesla was credit... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by Pssst on 1 May, 2013, 12:09
Regarding eugenics: I don't find this much of a prediction as most prominent political figures and inventors during this time were very much pro-eugenic minded. As much as people don't want to believe, it is the USA minded pro-eugenics that influenced Hitler in Nazi Germany. This seems so far fetched for those of us living in present day, but eugenics programs have been practiced into the late 1960s in many states. Regarding Health and Diet, eliminating stimulants: he was a mormon. Regarding robots: I don't think he was the first one to predict computers (or programming of machinery in product... [More]


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