In 1893, General Electric was caught stealing plans and blueprints from the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Thomas Edison, Elihu Thomson, Michael Pupin, and Charles Steinmetz were all apart of the corporate espionage lead by Charles Coffin (the first president of GE). They couldn’t use Nikola Tesla’s system because of patent rights so they hired a janitor to steal from the Westinghouse plant. Each engineer’s job at GE was reduced to finding ways to bypass Tesla’s system to create their own AC system in order for GE to compete with Westinghouse. After getting caught red-handed, (and this is a fact…) they claimed in court that they needed the plans to make sure Westinghouse wasn’t stealing from them.
All GE’s engineers made a name for themselves in today’s science and history books off Tesla’s work, but neither of them gave credit to Nikola Tesla for his innovative work in revolutionizing our electric power system. Obviously they were all controlled by GE, and it was in their best interest to act like Nikola Tesla never existed. They did a great job…
In 1898, Nikola Tesla tricked an entire crowd into believing they could control a boat by shouting commands – in fact, he invented Radio Control and piloted the boat himself.
The crowd that was present at the exhibition couldn’t find a rational explanation for how the boat was moving. They thought of it as magic or telepathy, and even they felt that it was piloted by a trained monkey that was hidden inside.’ When Tesla saw the reaction of the crowd, he decided to trick them into believing that they could control the boat by shouting commands and also encouraged the crowd to ask questions of the boat. In response to the question “What is the cube root of 64?” lights on the boat flashed four times. While the crowd thought that Tesla was controlling the boat with his mind, he was sending signals to the machine using a small box with control levers on the side.
Then in 1899, he went to Colorado to conduct some of the greatest scientific experiments in all of history.