July 10, 2016 marks the 160th birthday of Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943).

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Who is Nikola Tesla?

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor and engineer. He is best known for his contributions to the design of alternating current (AC) and his invention of the Tesla coil.

Tesla was also a futurist. Without him, wireless communication might be very different today, or maybe even non-existent.

As early as 1926, Tesla all but predicted cellular technology and the iPhone. He also saw the role women would play in this technology.

Tesla, along with Albert Einstein, believed in “the acquisition of new fields of endeavor by women” and “their gradual usurpation of leadership”. He felt that a woman’s potential would be released by wireless technology’s educational opportunities and connectivity: “Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress”.

The Ladies of Indie DevStock (Tammy and Angela) couldn’t agree more. =]

If you’re interested in learning more about Tesla’s position, Brain Pickings has a great article written by Maria Popova: When Woman Is Boss: Nikola Tesla on Gender Equality and How Technology Will Unleash Women’s True Potential.

You can also read this interview with Nikola Tesla by John B. Kennedy, When Woman is Boss, that was published in Colliers, January 30, 1926.

Wireless will achieve the closer contact through transmission of intelligence, transport of our bodies and materials and conveyance of energy.

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

We shall be able to witness and hear events — the inauguration of a President, the playing of a world series game, the havoc of an earthquake or the terror of a battle — just as though we were present.

~ Nikola Tesla