Due to politics and business Nikola Tesla never received as much attention as his primary competitor in his day – Thomas Edison.
However, since his death, Tesla has been recognized for the extraordinary genius that he was.
Just take a look at the following description of wireless technology by Tesla, written in 1926.
“When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance.
Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone.
A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.”
Tesla accurately predicted wireless networking, cloud computing, video conferencing, and smart phones. While the technology needed to make these ideas work was still decades off, Tesla saw that it was going to be possible given the current path that invention was taking.