Did you know that Tesla believed that he could create a camera to project a brain’s thoughts onto a wall? No kidding, Tesla believed that he could invent a camera to read mental imagery and thoughts. In an article published in the Kansas City Journal-Post in September 1933, he told reporters about a device that would be capable of “photographing of thought.”
“I Expect To Photograph Thoughts”
“In 1893, while engaged in certain investigations, I became convinced that a definite image formed in thought, must by reflex action, produce a corresponding image on the retina, which might be read by a suitable apparatus…Now if it be true that a thought reflects an image on the retina, it is a mere question of illuminating the same property and taking photographs, and then using the ordinary methods which are available to project the image on a screen. If this can be done successfully, then the objects imagined by a person would be clearly reflected on the screen as they are formed, and in this way every thought of the individual could be read. Our minds would then, indeed, be like open books,” he continued.
Tesla’s plan never became a reality, but researchers are still studying vision and exploring the idea of mind-reading machines. In attempts at mind-reading, scientists have developed algorithms that can learn to interpret brain signals and reproduce a rough version of images “seen” in a person’s mind. And scientists have created artificial retinas through sophisticated mathematical analyses of how real retinas convert images to electrical impulses to send up to the brain.
Other oddities included his a 187 foot-tall tower called to try to wirelessly convey electric power across the planet, using the earth itself as an enormous electrical conductor. It was called Wardenclyffe Tower was designed by Nikola Tesla to demonstrate the feasibility of wireless power transmission.
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“Upon picking up odd signals at one of his labs, Tesla believed that they could have been sent from Mars by using that planet similarly as a conductor. Celibate his entire life, Tesla became lonely and slightly paranoid in his elder years. He claimed to keep his ideas inside of his brain to keep them from being stolen. He was suspicious of twentieth century physics, as explained by Einstein and others. OCD traits began to hamper him: he could not tolerate round objects, human hair or touching things that might have germs.
He Was Supposedly Obsessed With the Number Three
Tesla’s reputation has grown through many tall-tales: he allegedly caused an earthquake; it was said that he could fell steel buildings and bridges with a pocket-sized machine; he allegedly transmitted electricity 26 miles without wires. It is disappointing that these stories are almost categorically untrue. However, the simple fact that they exist and, like most myths, do have some far-diminished basis in reality is proof of the man’s legend. Wireless electrical energy over seven feet became 26 miles and eventually “free energy” from the vacuum.
An entire conspiracy theory movement has formed around Tesla’s “hidden” or “suppressed” inventions and ideas. The United States government also unwittingly contributed to Tesla’s legacy of mad genius. Shortly after his death in 1943, the FBI seized all of his belongings. Nikola Tesla never created free energy from thin air. He neither created earthquakes nor built a death ray. He did however, make enormous contributions to the world, leaving us with a fascinating historical character, and some beautiful lightning machines.”