Nikola Tesla predicted the modern smartphone in 1928

There’s a reason Tesla’s birthday is worth celebrating. The inventor was a scientific Nostradamus, predicting globalized wireless communication nearly eight decades before it came to fruition.

“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 this will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.”

– Nikola Tesla

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