The Original Idea for Mobile Music Streaming… Written In 1908

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…from “The Future of the Wireless Art,” Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony: Popularly Explained (p.67) by Nikola Tesla.

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An inexpensive instrument, not bigger than a watch, will enable its bearer to hear anywhere, on sea or land, music or song, the speech of a political leader, the address of an eminent man of science, or the sermon of an eloquent clergyman, delivered in some other place, however distant. In the same manner any picture, character, drawing, or print can be transferred from one to another place. Millions of such instruments can be operated from but one plant…

More important than all of this, however, will be the transmission of power, without wires, which will be shown on a scale large enough to carry conviction. These few indications will be sufficient to show that the wireless art offers greater possibilities than any invention or discovery heretofore made, and if the conditions are favorable, we can expect with certitude that in the next few years wonders will be wrought by its application.”

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9 Responses

  1. A-J Charron

    Actually, Tesla was talkimg about the radio which he’d just invented…

    • Vail, CO

      This goes way beyond simple radio:

      “In the same manner any picture, character, drawing, or print can be transferred from one to another place.”

  2. A-J Charron

    yeah, TV, fax (which already existed at the time). I love Tesla, but this quote has nothing to do with streaming.

  3. Nicole Kim The Blogger

    The eloquent language of this brillant writer was far ahead of his time. As is many great ideas and theroies, history provides insight into great thinkers who inspire, even after they are long gone. Oraters are good but writers are great because you can feel the emotions of their words, najes
    make them last and bask in them longer. With orators, its a momentary experience for the audience, unless of course you’re recording (smile). The language is beautiful!

  4. HD

    He actually mentions streaming later in the same quote. Plus, he is rocking his double parted hair.