Personal Glimpses: Dreams That Come True

Saturday, December 4, 1915
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The Lztcrury Digest or December 4 1915 PERSONAL CLIMPSES DREAMS_ THAT COME 'ITRUE HATEVER the attitude of the in- credulous on the subject of dreams, it can not be denied that one man’s dreams have developed a habit of coming true. That man is Nikola Tesla, the inventor of the wireless telephone. His latest dream, based on the success of a transcontinental and transoceanic wireless telephone, is that we shall before many decades be ringing up Venus or Mars and talking across millions of miles of space with creatures whose physical structure is unknown to us and whose very existence has been a myth. “My demonstrations in Colorado Springs' in l899,” said Tesla in a recent interview, “proved that not only could telegraphic signals be sent across the globe, as I pre- dicted in lS92, but that the faintest modulations of the human voice could be imprest upon the planet as a whole and reproduced at any point irrespective of distance.” When this theory has been worked out, as the inventor promises it shall be shortly, we shall have a “world- system" telephone, on which we may call up any other subscriber in any country on the globe. Perchance we shall have also an interplanetary system as welll Re- member!-Tes1a’s dreams come true. What of these other dreams of his, given in an interview recently published in The M anu- faclurers' Record ?- The next art to be inaugurated is that of picture-transmission by ordinary tele- graphic methods and existing apparatus. This idea of telegraphing or telephoning pictures is old, but practical difficulties have hampered commercial realizations. A number of improvements of great prom- ise have been niade, and there is every reason to expect that success will soon be achieved. Another valuable novelty will be a typewriter electrically operated by the human voice. This advance will full a long-felt want, as it will do away with the operator and save a great deal of labor and time in offices. A new and extremely simple electric tachometer is being prepared for the market, and it is expected that it will prove useful in power-plants and central stations. on boats, locomotives. und automobiles. Many municipal improvements Ivusml on the use of electricity are about to hu introduced. We are soon to have every- where smoke-annihilators, dust-ul»s0|-I»¢\rs, ozonizers. sterilizers of Water, air. |'oml, and clothing, and accidenv-prvwxih-rs mu streets, elevated roads, and in s\|b\\':|ys_ It will become next to impossible In von- tract disease-germs or get hurt in llw 1-ily. and country folk will go lo iuuvn to .4-sl, and get well. We are progressing at an amazing par-c-, but the truth is that even in llw lh-his most successfully exploited the grmruul has only hee; broken. What has hm-n so fur done by electricity is nothinlz as 1-un1|u|re