10 Fun Facts About Nikola Tesla

Tesla may have had a brilliant mind, but he was not as good at reducing his ideas to practice. In the race to develop transatlantic radio, Tesla described to his funder and business partner, J.P. Morgan, a new means of instant communication that involved gathering stock quotes and telegram messages, funneling them to his laboratory, where he would encode them and assign them each a new frequency, which could be received with a handheld device. In other words, Tesla had envisioned wireless internet and smartphones way back in the early 1900s.