The year was 1898; the place, Madison Square Garden, New York City. The enigmatic inventor Nikola Tesla demonstrated for the first time ever how radio waves could be used to directly control the movement of a Robotic Boat, by remote control. The events that took place on this day heralded a new age in electronics, robotics, and pretty much everything else.
“In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labour occupied in ancient civilization.” (Nikola Tesla)
Tesla rightly predicted that robots would take up residence in our modern society, performing all manner of tasks. Elon Musk predicts that in the near future, cars won’t have a need for a driver. He is, in fact, pioneering a “self-drive” function for his aptly named electric car, the Tesla.
It is interesting to consider that as our society moves forward in time, and everything becomes more automated and more intelligent; what else is there that can be automated for mankind’s convenience? In a world driven by technology, and technological advances; Can mankind compete, or are we all one modification away from becoming obsolete?
“The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine" (Nikola Tesla).
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