Absolute Certitude

I am currently reading Thunderstruck by Erik Larson & he cites an article written in 1900 in a publication called The Century Magazine where Nikola Tesla stated that he had "absolute certitude" that "communication without wires to any point of the globe is practicable."

He went on to say that he had an idea for a "word system" that would replace Morse code so that we could "be able to communicate with one another instantly irrespective of distance...Not only this, but through television and telephone we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face."

In 1900 he used the word television & guessed that one of the first technology platforms would be the telephone!!! Wow! This innovative thought considering they thought then that sound waves would not bend past the horizon.

Here we sit over 100 years later and we're \*still\* not communicating without wires worldwide, but we are pretty darn close. The telephone continues to be the proposed cutting edge platform for services. The television is the rock against which many a technology sailor has dashed his ship in the hope of integrated computing in the set top.

Now \*here's\* a guy who would also understand the depth of geek cool that is the thin client and, I believe, would wrap his arms willingly around the importance of data control thru privacy.

The cautionary part of the tale is, of course, that Tesla is never given historical reverence as are Marconi & Edison. Sun must continue to fight for execution & excellence if we plan to make it in as a full chapter rather than a footnote in 2100.

For our part, we here in privacy land will continue to take a deeper look to the technology that supports our governance efforts to keep fighting for innovation that endures and, I hope, takes less than a century to gain ubiquitous acceptance!

Just a thought...

Comments:

It's often said that "there's a fine line between genius and madness" - over the course of his life Tesla spent time on both sides of that line, which is probably why his most beneficial and visionary work doesn't receive the attention it deserves today.

His autobiography, "My Inventions", is well worth a read (there's copy online at lucidcafe.com, or it's still in print if you prefer books the old-fashioned way), and clearly shows both his sides.

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