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Tesla Inside: Intel back at Nikola’s wireless ideas


The image comes from a recent presentantion by Alanson Sample, Intel Research, featuring 60 Watts transmitted without wires over a distance of around two-feet at 75% efficiency. Among the applications envisioned four years from now are laptops drawing energy inconspicuously from charging stations around the house and even the possibility of abolishing batteries in favor of supercapacitors, almost weightless and capable of instant recharging.

Drowned among chargers, wires and exploding batteries, this all sounds like a dream of the future, doesn’t it?

Now, look again at the spirals from Intel’s recent work and then at this photo of a peculiar guy who more than a century ago claimed he would create a wireless world:


Some resemblance? This is not a casual coincidence, as this man did in fact invent resonant circuits which are the fundamental basis of the contemporary research.

His name was, of course, Nikola Tesla, the genius who single-handedly envisioned the fundamentals of a complete system of electrical energy generation and transmission used to this day. With wires.

After winning a war with Thomas Edison based solely on the clear superiority of this electrical system, Tesla soon announced he would go on to even greater things. Without wires, of course. Watch his video from Intel’s research:

It’s almost identical to demonstrations done by Tesla a century ago:


Tragically, the life of the man of the revolutionary ideas was a real drama. His Colorado Springs laboratory burned down. He gave away his patent rights over electricity generation and transmission to save his partner Westinghouse, only to soon afterwards see himself bankrupt and with nobody to save him. His Wardenclyffe laboratory, where he would develop the “World System” of wireless energy transmission, was never completed and was then dismantled.

Needless to say, he never completed his vision of a wireless world, and all the while some of his ideas were shaping the world, he spent the last decades (not years) of his life as a penniless man without a real laboratory to work. If that wasn’t enough, he was depicted as the stereotypical mad scientist, being even a villain against Superman in 1941.

Tesla was not always right, much to the contrary, he condemned Einstein’s ideas, for instance, and his tragic end had much to do with his utter naiveté on social relations. Even his image as a mad scientist was in part due to his own propensity to make exaggerated claims.

We will never know if he did in fact invent a practical means of worldwide wireless energy transmission. Much as it would be a nice story to think that he did, he very probably didn’t. On the other hand, it’s just as much probable that if he had had the chance, he would have got closer to it. Such a genius sure deserved better.

And even without inventing such a golden world wireless energy system, it’s a historical fact the wired energy system was his. It’s also well-established in his remaining papers and patents that he also pioneered if not invented the radio, radioastronomy, radar, robots, logical gates and even one world network of electronic information exchange. That idea sounds familiar.

Intel’s latest research draws upon an also recent work from folks at MIT, and both of them made sure to mention Nikola Tesla as more than a pioneer in the field, a century ago.

Interested on more on Tesla’s life? PBS has a nice website on the Life and Legacy of the Master of Lightning.

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  1. Joseph Capp September 1st, 2008 12:41 am

    I thought of the same thing immediately. Good old Telsa, Maybe he is vindicated after all.

    Joseph Capp
    UFO Media Matters
    Non-Commercial Blog

  2. MAXXO September 20th, 2008 10:32 am

    TESLA condeming einstein,was correct.einstein stole and plagarized a guy called boscovich,thAt tesla knew about.tesla thought einstein was “A FUNNY OLD MAN”(he thought einsteins idea were junk)
    relativism does not work and was funded by the ruling bankers at the time to protect their energy monopoly.it is a pseudo science that covers up the real ether physics.
    high frequencies are all around us and can be converted into electricity.the defination of energy is -the ability to do work-
    it is NOT a concrete thing.
    pentagon aliens
    www thunderbolts dott info
    occult ether physics
    william r lyne

  3. MAXXO September 20th, 2008 10:48 am

    I dont think TESLA has EVER been proven wrong.

    almost all of his papers ARE STIL ClASSIFIED.

    his greatest achievement was the developement of his electric flying machine which we know now as flying saucers,cylinders.etc,etc.THEY are man made human built and flown=electric flying machines- NOT REVERSED ENGINEERED FROM NON EXISTANT ALIENS.
    thats why they glow-high voltage and corona effects.
    watch nazi ufos and how they fly video interview with william r lyne
    read pentagon aliens
    dont believe the bull of the “space brothers -good cop-bad cop”
    coming hoax using high tech and tesla ufos to creat a nwo.
    most ufo groups are intel funded,created.thats WHY you WILL NEVER hear this point of view.

  4. MAXXO September 20th, 2008 11:02 am

    tesla DID NOT EXAGGERATE,he didnt need to.
    you need to investigate more,
    start at http://www.cheniere.org and work to http://www.holoscience.com
    and keelynet

  5. Matt C April 5th, 2009 6:05 am

    Wow! He contributed to so many things that I didnt even realize… Genius ? To say the least. Intel funding UFO groups? Um.. .that’s stretching things a bit thin there guy.. Did you know that everyone claiming to have been abducted by aliens is really just a sufferer of a more advanced case of common sleep paralysis? It’s true… read up on it. Folks, many things can be explained without resorting to odd and unproven explanations. I should know, I used to think that the shadow people were real until I found evidence for myself that it was just halucination… (Xapplimatic on YouTube).. Eventually I’ll get around to doing the followup video for YouTube to explain to all the people that sleep hyponogogia is disturbing that they shouldn’t have believed my former videos. Clearly I was still believing in the dreams at that point instead of looking for the hard core truths of what evidence missing evidence provides…

  6. Betty Catalina Kohanloo April 10th, 2011 3:04 pm

    I don’t think Nikola Tesla was wrong. In fact even Lancelot Law Whyte who worked on Unified Field Theory with Einstein credited both relativity and field theories to its proper inventor Roger Joseph Boscovich, the Catholic priest. Relativity and Field theories in generally were originally Boscovich’s ideas from 1763, where he defined the particle-wave duality, and began describing his field theory. This is the same Non-Newtonian calculus that was then used by Michael Grossman and Robert Katz. These two here, Grossman and Katz developed the math used to further explain Einstein’s claims, which were really Boscovitch’s claims, as was the math. In fact as even Lancelot Law Whyte and others will recognize, the field of atomism, or more commonly known today as quantum mechanics, relativity, and field theory are entirely Boscovich. That Einstein plagiarized, and claimed credit, while failing to recognize Boscovich is certainly not surprising. Yet it was a Jesuit priest who originally defined, and built the theories of relativity, quantum mechanics, and the unified field theory. He developed mathematical physics, and actually calculated and published some of the concepts of absolute space and time, motion, action-at a distance and atomism. He uses the curve space relationship and even published a work on spherical trigonometry in 1737. He then makes a relation between the travel of light, it’s speed, based on the orbit of the Earth and the sun, or other stellar body. Therefore, as you can see Boscovich really did invent relativity as Nikola Tesla would so often state. Nikola Tesla, was rarely wrong.

    “Boscovich’s mathematics”, an article by J. F. Scott, in the book Roger Joseph Boscovich (1961) edited by Lancelot Law Whyte

  7. Betty Catalina Kohanloo April 10th, 2011 3:13 pm

    Also, I should mention Lord Kelvin, Joseph John Thompson, Bohr, Rutherford, used and accepted Boscovich’s law of of forces, which helped develop the intra-atomic, and even the inter-atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scales. Boscovich’s ideas are also highly regarded by Heisenburg himself. And naturally used and commented on by the great Nikola Tesla.

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