Nikola Tesla’s writings, predicting the internet and even cellphones decades before they were actually invented, were published in “The Century Magazine” in an essay titled “The Problem of Increasing Human Energy.” These writings have been recovered and provide fascinating insights into Tesla’s visionary ideas.
Century-old writings by American inventor Nikola Tesla seem to predict the development of artificial intelligence, foreshadowing the rise of the groundbreaking tech.
The technology and electricity pioneer’s scientific brilliance set him up to make eerily accurate predictions, including prescient insight into the emergence of machines with their “own mind.”
“I purpose to show that, however impossible it may now seem, an automaton may be contrived which will have its ‘own mind,’” Tesla wrote in June 1900,” and by this I mean that it will be able, independent of any operator, left entirely to itself, to perform, in response to external influences affecting its sensitive organs, a great variety of acts and operations as if it had intelligence.”
The comments were published in “The Century Magazine” in an essay titled “The Problem of Increasing Human Energy.”
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Tesla, born in the Austrian Empire in 1856 before he moved to the U.S. in his late 20s, is famed for his inventions such as hydroelectric power, the Tesla coil, and his work on developing a radio. He is also famed for various predictions on the future of humanity, such as the creation of wireless technology and even describing modern day cellphones.
The resurfaced essay has been described as Tesla’s “philosophical treatise” where he used his research and genius to explain “how to satisfy humanity’s increasing need for energy,” according to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, which is located in New York and “dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of Nikola Tesla.”
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