Imagine a beam of energy that could bring down planes from miles away using nothing but electricity. How about an invisible wall that could protect a country from invasion? That the moment enemy soldiers cross the barrier, they’re vaporized instantly. Sounds like something most militaries would love to get their hands on, doesn’t it? It also sounds like something straight out of a movie or videogame.
But the concept of a death ray isn’t just the stuff of science fiction. It may have actually been invented.
Nikola Tesla, one of the most brilliant minds the world has ever seen was born in what is now Croatia in 1856 where he received an education in engineering before immigrating to the United States. There he got a job working for Thomas Edison before breaking out on his own venture as an inventor.
Many of Tesla’s inventions in this period were revolutionary. And while he primarily focused on improving systems for generating electric power and transmitting electric currents. He additionally made innovations in the field of radio technology.
Tesla’s biggest dream was to find a way to beam limitless power directly through the air. And over the course of his life, he managed to develop a number of devices that could transmit electric energy wirelessly. But sadly, a lack of funding limited his research.
However, in 1934 Tesla claimed that his research had resulted in an incredible new discovery. A device that could kill from miles away using electricity.
He called this invention the Teleforce. And according to him, the weapon worked by focusing electric currents along a narrow path which created a ray of electricity that could in theory, shoot a plane out of the sky.
But despite the supposed death ray he had created. Tesla actually was very anti-war. And hoped by gaining funding by selling a weapon, that he could then use the very same technology to create force fields, that when activated would prevent armies from invading countries and end war altogether.
But Tesla’s high-minded dreams were limited by a serious problem, no one was interested in funding the project.
He approached the governments of the United States and the Soviet Union among others. But none offered any money for it.
And of course, it’s hard to build a massive death ray without some cash, which Tesla was now chronically short of.
But one night in 1937, at a meeting at the Yugoslavian Embassy, Tesla told the room that not only was his invention possible but he had already built one. In fact, he would be unveiling it to the world in a matter of months.
Unfortunately later that same year the inventor was struck by a car while crossing the street in New York City and never truly recovered. He passed away shortly after, nearly penniless in the New Yorker hotel where he had been living in 1943.
Tragically or rather fortunately depending on how you look at the situation it seems like if the inventor had made such a weapon, that it never saw the light of day.
Or so it would seem..
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