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Years Before the First TV, Tesla Predicted and Helped to Develop the Smartphone and FaceTime

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On April 27, 1927, Bell Telephone and the U.S. Department of Commerce conducted the first long distance transmission of moving images between Washington D.C. and New York City. The first modern ‘television’ was born.

Secretary of Commerce at the time, Herbert Hoover commented:

“Today we have, in a sense, the transmission of sight for the first time in the world’s history. Human genius has now destroyed the impediment of distance in a new respect, and in a manner hitherto unknown.”

Hoover’s prediction of the ‘unknown’ stands true today as the modern TV continues to evolve into things humanity never imagined only decades prior.

Although most of society couldn’t imagine the impressive capabilities of transmitting moving images over the airwaves, there were a few special folks out there who did.

Five years prior to the world seeing the first practical demonstration of the television, and scores before the first instance of the smartphone, Nikola Tesla, not only imagined it but had completed crucial steps for making it possible.

Television was only a small portion of Tesla’s predictions, however. In Volume 100 of Popular Science Monthly, January-June, 1922, Tesla would predict FaceTime.

“It will soon be possible to see as well as hear by means of electricity. “Television” will be employed as generally as telephoning. As one listens to a voice at the other end of the line, he will also see every expression of the speaker’s face,” explained Tesla in his article.

“It will be possible to see as well as to hear either by the wireless telephone or over the regular wire circuits. There will be no limit to the distance of such transmission, so that we shall be able to talk to a person in any part of the world and watch his face at the same time.

“In a general way the instrument used for television will closely resemble the mechanism of the human eye. Success in transmitting vision depends upon four things, and of these I have already perfected two.

“The radio transmission oi sound will also be developed in the future far beyond the present system. It will be possible not only for any person with a station to listen in, but also to transmit at the same time to every other station. I have already accomplished this in my experiments.”

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But this amazing man, with such grand visions, didn’t stop at the prediction of Facetime. Just a few years later, in an interview with Collier’s WeeklyTesla predicted the smartphone.

An article dated January 25, 1926, by the Associated Press, documented the interview.

Application of radio principles will enable people by carrying a small instrument in their pockets to see distant events like the sorceress of the magic crystal fairy tales and legends, Nikola Tesla, electrical inventor, predicted today. Mr. Tesla, who on several occasion has tried to communicate with the planet Mars, made his predictions in an interview published in the current issue of Collier’s Weekly.

“We shall be able to witness the inauguration of a president, the playing of a world’s series baseball game, the havoc of an earthquake, or a battle just as though we were present,” Mr. Tesla said.

While every generation is astonished by the advancement of technology, few generation have predicted technological advancements so far before they happened, and with such accuracy that it becomes mind boggling.

Imagine the world today if Tesla’s visions were allowed to come to fruition had his work not been seized by the government. But sadly, that was not the case.

Only two days after his death, the FBI ordered the U.S. Office of Alien Property to seize all of Tesla’s belongings. Tesla’s entire estate from the Hotel New Yorker, and other New York City hotels, was transported to the Manhattan Storage and Warehouse Company under OAP seal.

In an instant, this genius man’s entire life’s work became the property of the government to further their militaristic escapades.

However, not all was lost; several new geniuses would rise up and follow in Tesla’s footsteps. People like Jim Murray would diligently devote their lives to understanding this great man, and in turn, create paradigm shifting technologies like the SERPS (Switched Energy Resonance Power Supply) device.  This highly specialized electronic circuit has the ability to “Magnify” the effective power applied to it by nearly 50 times. When Jim coupled his device with his friend Paul Babcock’s patented ultrafast five nanosecond switching technology, they achieved a 4790% increase in electrical power compared to the input. This type of performance, if commercialized, would cause the largest electric utility companies to shake in their boots.

It’s been 73 years since his death, and Tesla is still helping to make the world a better place — in spite of government schools making no mention of his contributions to humanity.


Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

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    • …..was in romantic love with a bird. #Neverforget #SaveTheBirds

    • can you tell me from where you get this kind of information? just curious

    • But, but, but, but I don’t get to cry with you about the Super Bowl on this one. Ok, fine, I’ll go to one of the last 50 posts of yours. I’m really upset that I wasn’t able to cry with you on this thread, though.

  • The real father of technology and this world could be three times better if he wasn’t silenced about his projects.

  • David Au

  • invented nearly everything you see around you though capitalist cronies got the credit then and still living off his ideas now.

  • So unfair….

  • edison wished he was as intelligent and truly creative as tesla even steve jobs, zuckerberg, and gates would pale in comparison to this russian genius

  • If not for the Net You would never know ! Tesla wasn’t working on electricity , He was working on something that made electricity !Energy is all around us , energy is what we are , Tesla knew this , and how to access it ! Electricity is a small part of the spectrum of energy , we need to use more of the spectrum of power !

  • Simranjit Singh

  • If everyone who sees this post ‘likes’ it (y), Comments on it (even 2 words) and Shares it, we can beat the mainstream media!

    • Prove it

    • Learn some history…

    • Ok…after looking at your page, I think you’re attempting sarcasm…at least I hope so, Alex.

    • Alex a quick search will put u in touch with peeps that have built his ideas and are working.

    • I feel sorry for Alex. He’s never looked for more or asked why or searched for answers to questions for himself. I don’t have to prove it. Multiple people already have.

    • Troll.

    • ‘Truth in a World of Deception…’

    • True genius

  • Tesla ✅
    Edison ❌

  • Do it!

  • Fuck Tommy E.

  • Yes, he was…a true genius and visionary, actually.

  • This is akin to saying Divinci invented the helicopter

    • And the tank…and….

    • The ability to visualize and predict future technology certainly is not the same as invention. With that said both Tesla and DaVinci were remarkable men with incredible imaginations and talents.

    • If you plug anything into an electrical wall socket you can thank Tesla.

    • Ed Doty
      And all the people he based his work off of (he did not invent AC)

    • Ummm. Yes he did. If it was upto the design of thomas edison, you would have a power plant every mile on the grid system. Thomas tried hard to make DC the norm of the electrical industry. But Tesla’s AC generator was way more efficient, and AC also can be transmitted over long distances with few losses.

    • Lmao @ a Tesla hater, oh Facebook, you crack me up…

    • Tesla fan girls astound me

  • It was no secret he could speak to his mother and others who passed.

  • Just a bit ahead of his time…

  • Any Person Opposing the system, becomes ridiculed by the System, to Maintain its Oppression to that System.. Tesla Genius was Freely electrifying…

  • Pretty good documentary on Netflix about Mr. Tesla

    • with Stacy Keach doing the voic for Tesla it was a good one

  • thanks tesla for helping me type this comment

  • imagine if technology wasnt supressed and humans cared for one another…

  • Did he c tomorow?

  • It was the people that lost Tesla. The corporations stole him.

  • Already here. Someone can hack in your game console. Your baby monitors. Your cell phones. Anything that has a mic or camera. Yeah smart . Now everyone has an RFI or will get one because company policies. Electronic pick pocketing! All these apps you download. There’s no need for a company to have access to your mic or camera or personal info.

  • Crystal clear thinker..a man beyond his times.

  • Greed trumps humanity every time…..sad.

  • Before satellites.

  • Olo Jones

  • Ricck James

  • James Patton

  • I’m sorry, but stupid posts like this detract from the genius of Tesla. He “predicted” a technology that had existed in rudimentary form since the mid 19th century? To co opt a phrase i see so many people using in this post who obviously never took their own advice, actually research Tesla and research the history of television. Jebus.

  • Genius then and still a genius now.

  • Tajs 😀

  • Not A prophet! These were his own visions he wanted to share with the world!

  • Obama stopped him

  • Not prophecy lodical progression of technology he had already developed

  • wich book is this ?

  • Edison, you effin’ a##hole, we coulda had this sh*t YEARS AGO!!!!

  • #flatearth

  • Dario Picasso

  • Nikola Tesla was a great scientist, but even he would facepalm to this tin-foiled hattery.

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