The 10 Inventions Of Nikola Tesla That Changed The World

Nikola Tesla Inventions

By Nicholas West

Note: This article was originally published in 2010, but we repost annually with added info and links, as well as to present to new readers. Please feel free to add your own information, article links, or video links about Tesla and his work in the comment section.

I would also point you to Rand Clifford’s 3-part series: Nikola Tesla: Calling All Freethinkers! which has a wealth of different information than what you will read below.

Nikola Tesla is finally beginning to attract real attention and encourage serious debate more than 70 years after his death.

Was Nikola Tesla for real? A crackpot? Part of an early experiment in corporate-government control?

We know that he was undoubtedly persecuted by the energy power brokers of his day — namely Thomas Edison, whom we are taught in school to revere as a genius.  He was also attacked by J.P. Morgan and other “captains of industry.” Upon Nikola Tesla’s death on January 7th, 1943, the U.S. government moved into his lab and apartment confiscating all of his scientific research, some of which has been released by the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act. (I’ve embedded the first 250 pages below and have added a link to the .pdf of the final pages, 290 in total).

Besides his persecution by corporate-government interests (which is practically a certification of authenticity), there is at least one solid indication of Nikola Tesla’s integrity — he tore up a contract with Westinghouse that was worth billions in order to save the company from paying him his huge royalty payments.

But, let’s take a look at what Nikola Tesla — a man who died broke and alone — has actually given to the world.  For better or worse, with credit or without, he changed the face of the planet in ways that perhaps no man ever has.

1. Alternating Current

This is where it all began, and what ultimately caused such a stir at the 1893 World’s Expo in Chicago.  A war was leveled ever-after between the vision of Edison and the vision of Tesla for how electricity would be produced and distributed.  The division can be summarized as one of cost and safety: The DC current that Edison (backed by General Electric) had been working on was costly over long distances, and produced dangerous sparking from the required converter (called a commutator).  Regardless, Edison and his backers utilized the general “dangers” of electric current to instill fear in Nikola Tesla’s alternative: Alternating Current.  As proof, Edison sometimes electrocuted animals at demonstrations.  Consequently, Edison gave the world the electric chair, while simultaneously maligning Tesla’s attempt to offer safety at a lower cost.  Tesla responded by demonstrating that AC was perfectly safe by famously shooting current through his own body to produce light.  This Edison-Tesla (GE-Westinghouse) feud in 1893 was the culmination of over a decade of shady business deals, stolen ideas, and patent suppression that Edison and his moneyed interests wielded over Tesla’s inventions. Yet, despite it all, it is Tesla’s system that provides power generation and distribution to North America in our modern era.

2. Light

Of course Nikola Tesla didn’t invent light itself, but he did invent how light can be harnessed and distributed.  Tesla developed and used fluorescent bulbs in his lab some 40 years before industry “invented” them. At the World’s Fair, Tesla took glass tubes and bent them into famous scientists’ names, in effect creating the first neon signs.  However, it is his Tesla Coil that might be the most impressive, and controversial.  The Tesla Coil is certainly something that big industry would have liked to suppress: the concept that the Earth itself is a magnet that can generate electricity (electromagnetism) utilizing frequencies as a transmitter.  All that is needed on the other end is the receiver — much like a radio.

3. X-rays

Electromagnetic and ionizing radiation was heavily researched in the late 1800s, but Nikola Tesla researched the entire gamut. Everything from a precursor to Kirlian photography, which has the ability to document life force, to what we now use in medical diagnostics, this was a transformative invention of which Tesla played a central role.  X-rays, like so many of Tesla’s contributions, stemmed from his belief that everything we need to understand the universe is virtually around us at all times, but we need to use our minds to develop real-world devices to augment our innate perception of existence.

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4. Radio

Guglielmo Marconi was initially credited, and most believe him to be the inventor of radio to this day.  However, the Supreme Court overturned Marconi’s patent in 1943, when it was proven that Tesla invented the radio years previous to Marconi.  Radio signals are just another frequency that needs a transmitter and receiver, which Tesla also demonstrated in 1893 during a presentation before The National Electric Light Association.  In 1897 Tesla applied for two patents  US 645576, and US 649621. In 1904, however, The U.S. Patent Office reversed its decision, awarding Marconi a patent for the invention of radio, possibly influenced by Marconi’s financial backers in the States, who included Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie. This also allowed the U.S. government (among others) to avoid having to pay the royalties that were being claimed by Nikola Tesla.

5. Remote Control

This invention was a natural outcropping of radio. Patent No. 613809 was the first remote controlled model boat, demonstrated in 1898.  Utilizing several large batteries; radio signals controlled switches, which then energized the boat’s propeller, rudder, and scaled-down running lights. While this exact technology was not widely used for some time, we now can see the power that was appropriated by the military in its pursuit of remote controlled war. Radio controlled tanks were introduced by the Germans in WWII, and developments in this realm have since slid quickly away from the direction of human freedom.

6. Electric Motor

Nikola Tesla’s invention of the electric motor has finally been popularized by a car brandishing his name.  While the technical specifications are beyond the scope of this summary, suffice to say that Tesla’s invention of a motor with rotating magnetic fields could have freed mankind much sooner from the stranglehold of Big Oil.  However, his invention in 1930 succumbed to the economic crisis and the world war that followed. Nevertheless, this invention has fundamentally changed the landscape of what we now take for granted: industrial fans, household applicances, water pumps, machine tools, power tools, disk drives, electric wristwatches and compressors.

7. Robotics

Nikola Tesla’s overly enhanced scientific mind led him to the idea that all living beings are merely driven by external impulses.  He stated: “I have by every thought and act of mine, demonstrated, and does so daily, to my absolute satisfaction that I am an automaton endowed with power of movement, which merely responds to external stimuli.”  Thus, the concept of the robot was born.  However, an element of the human remained present, as Tesla asserted that these human replicas should have limitations — namely growth and propagation. Nevertheless, Nikola Tesla unabashedly embraced all of what intelligence could produce.  His visions for a future filled with intelligent cars, robotic human companions, and the use of sensors, and autonomous systems are detailed in a must-read entry in the Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering, 2006 (PDF).

8. Laser

Nikola Tesla’s invention of the laser may be one of the best examples of the good and evil bound up together within the mind of man.  Lasers have transformed surgical applications in an undeniably beneficial way, and they have given rise to much of our current digital media. However, with this leap in innovation we have also crossed into the land of science fiction.  From Reagan’s “Star Wars” laser defense system to today’s Orwellian “non-lethal” weapons’ arsenal, which includes laser rifles and directed energy “death rays,” there is great potential for development in both directions.

9 and 10. Wireless Communications and Limitless Free Energy

These two are inextricably linked, as they were the last straw for the power elite — what good is energy if it can’t be metered and controlled?  Free?  Never.  J.P. Morgan backed Nikola Tesla with $150,000 to build a tower that would use the natural frequencies of our universe to transmit data, including a wide range of information communicated through images, voice messages, and text.  This represented the world’s first wireless communications, but it also meant that aside from the cost of the tower itself, the universe was filled with free energy that could be utilized to form a world wide web connecting all people in all places, as well as allow people to harness the free energy around them.  Essentially, the 0’s and 1’s of the universe are embedded in the fabric of existence for each of us to access as needed.  Nikola Tesla was dedicated to empowering the individual to receive and transmit this data virtually free of charge.  But we know the ending to that story . . . until now?

Nikola Tesla had perhaps thousands of other ideas and inventions that remain unreleased.  A look at his hundreds of patents shows a glimpse of the scope he intended to offer.  If you feel that the additional technical and scientific research of Nikola Tesla should be revealed for public scrutiny and discussion, instead of suppressed by big industry and even our supposed institutions of higher education, join the world’s call to tell power brokers everywhere that we are ready to Occupy Energy and learn about what our universe really has to offer.

The release of Nikola Tesla’s technical and scientific research — specifically his research into harnessing electricity from the ionosphere at a facility called Wardenclyffe — is a necessary step toward true freedom of information.  Please add your voice by sharing this information with as many people as possible.

For additional information about the demand for release, or to use as a template to form your own demand, please visit:

As they state:

Tell your friends, bring it up and discuss it at your next general assembly, do whatever you can to get the word out, organize locally to make a stand for the release of Nikola Tesla’s research…. America is tired of corrupt corporate greed, supported by The American government, holding us back in a stagnant society in the name of profit . . . The Energy Crisis is a lie.

As an aside: there are some who have pointed out that Nikola Tesla’s experimentation with the ionosphere very well could have caused the massive explosion over Tunguska, Siberia in 1908, which leveled an estimated 60 million trees over 2,150 square kilometers, and may even have led to the much maligned HAARP technology.  I submit that we would do well to remember that technology is never the true enemy; it is the misuse of technology that can enslave rather than free mankind from its animal-level survivalism.

Here is an entertaining and well-done animated video that summarizes Tesla’s life and inventions based on the book: Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century by Sean Patrick.

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73 Comments on "The 10 Inventions Of Nikola Tesla That Changed The World"

  1. test comment

  2. Any chance of a decent riposte? Or just more “No,No”. Its far easier to fool a man than convince him he’s been fooled”

  3. You destroy your thesis by suggesting that Tunguska was man made.

  4. That movie is only a glimpse of him What we expect is much more.

  5. Tesla didn’t invent the laser. Not even close.

  6. I agree, if Tesla wouldn”t have done anything, we would have had some pretty primitive tehnologies now.They actually barely evolved since his death, we mostly have the same stuff, just little more tweaked And without a new form of energy, generator and energy distribution we are screwed..not to mention many other problems, to reply to that comment , it doesn”t matter how technology is valued by others, but it”s true use and benefit does matter.It”s like measuring height , if you have 1,90 meters it doesn”t mean that if a guy prefers to think that you in fact have 1,2 meters is true.Saying “The reason is because the world is diverse” is exactly like saying “too many people and to many different heights, therefore you cannot say who is the tallest and the smallest ..oh really ?

    • Spacious comment. You are ASSuMing that no one else would have thought it up. The level of thought on this site is typical for the publicly educated, that’s to the 8th grade.

      • the deplorable john doe- that”s a retarded comment you idiot, be it 2 years or not, it transcends time, it would have obviously lasted a whole damn longer till something made something if he would have not done it, because it takes time to make something, a thing that your primitive brain does not understand, it can only assimilate what others do, it cannot create anything, not even ideas.There is no way of knowing when they would have been made, but seeing as this man worked all of his life for these things, it would have taken a long time

        • the deplorable john doe | October 5, 2017 at 6:05 am |

          Since attacking the messenger is your style you prove you have no argument. And since you’re obviously a looooooooooooser why bother making comments. I know being a moron makes you think you’re entitled. But you only show how stupid you are. And responding to something from 2 years ago shows you have an anger management problem. Take you meds and crawl back downstairs you’re disturbing Mom.

      • no name calling. please.

        we are 1st civilized. I hope.

        Frustration calls for open conversation. Let’s get to the bottom of this, like Americans use to.

        Let’s put down the weapons and talk technical.

    • Barely evolved!? Then you must live in a cave! Technologically as humanity we make great steps since its death, and one of Tesla dreams is surely one of the most great human invention since discovering writing! Is the internet! The radio, television and so on … all powered entirely by Tesla lasers, Tesla radios and Tesla free communication for all of us! And sloowly but inevitably after free information broadcasting for all will follow free energy broadcasting for all! What we see today is only the last contortions of an ancient hydra trying to keep is tentacle all around us.

    • I disagree, no one knows what Tesla had in his minds eye. He seemed very smart to me. heck he invented the AC motor….

  7. You never hear about what he did, just some meaningless details and pathetic little physics problems instead of hearing about his great mind, I actually learned hundreds of times more relevant and usefull stuff from the net.

  8. This list doesn’t seem right.

  9. The Rothchild’s controlled the banks and the oil and the Rockerfeller’s controlled most media and publishing outlets. They basically tried to erase him from history. They wouldn’t print books about Tesla’s free energy ideas. Bad for business. The patenting system is in place to stop inventions that that would be bad for business….Like free energy.

  10. good point.

    • Humans are not allowed to have free energy because we were made to be slave workers. They keep us down and have twice tried to wipe out humanity entirely and theyre about to do it again.
      The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

  11. True, True…

  12. Nikola Tesla one of the greatest minds of the last 200 years

  13. I don’t believe Tesla or Einstein for that matter were geniuses or anything like that. I think people like using words like that to compensate for their own mediocrity. I simply believe he had a “passion” (for lack of a better word) for his work and he was an extremely hard worker… just my two cents

  14. Some folks are wise and some are otherwise. If everybody agreed with you, then we’d all be wrong. So If you want respect then you should consider giving it! Do you get it Garrett Gardener?

  15. To this “author” to generate electricity you need to have varying fields. The earths is stable. Next the earth’s field is barely strong enough to move a compass needle.If you could somehow change the laws of physics the industrial base needed to make “free” energy would be the size of a continent.

  16. WRONG, evolution is a THEORY. See that’s were the ignorance of science comes in. Until it’s proven it’s a theory.

    • WRONG, a scientific theory already needs to be supported by the evidence. And no, they don’t get “proven”. You should work on your ignorance towards science.

      • Where did you go to school or did you? A scientific theory becomes a law when it’s proven. Pay attention. BTW evidence can be wrong and disproven by further observation. Just like a faster then light results in Italy 2 years ago. You really need a few more years in school. Public education strikes again.

        • Wrong again. Proof doesn’t exist in science, so please get your facts straight. Theories never become laws, they’re two different concepts.
          If the evidence has been refuted then it’s no longer evidence, work it out. Where ever you’re getting this uneducated nonsense from it’s certainly not from a credible scientific source.

      • Evolution is a well-proven process. It is the Law of Evolution.

    • “WRONG, evolution is a THEORY. See that’s were the ignorance of science comes in. Until it’s proven it’s a theory.”

      Surely you mean ‘where’?…

      Go steal yourself a dictionary, you ignorant retard.

    • And more! When the usual scientific morons trump the evolution truth to us they forget to specify that what they are talking about is NATURAL evolution! And that by natural laws usually that same morons claim that by an incomprehensible NATURAL miracle order will follow from chaos! Just like that! With no explanation, because is here must have only a natural, rational, explanation.

  17. Have you ever heard of artistic license?? It seems more people in this site get there education from dubious sources. Taking a movie, even a documentary, as a source of information is foolish.

  18. Really, I’d add a third and fourth. The ignorant and the clueless. And these’s a lot of those third and fourth ones on this site

  19. Why learn English when the dominant is Chinese…

  20. People are NOT equal, people have lost the feeling for true value.
    It is the result of capitalism system, where those who have money determines all,
    although often rather limit intelligence.

  21. WOW where did you go to school?? Just what are laws in science?? WOW I’m amazed you can’t get that concept. There are theories and then there are laws. Try a bit of research. “There are four major concepts in science: facts, hypotheses, laws, and theories,”

    • Were you home schooled? Well you just got schooled again, champ.
      It’s becoming apparent you’re a troll who hasn’t done the least bit of research. If you’re not a troll, educated yourself and read the link I provided.

      • A law is the vanilla state of the universe, no more, no less.

        On an unrelated note, people who are home-schooled are often several times more successful than that of people who are educated by private schools. A child’s brain develops best through its own understanding, not that of a teacher.

        Also, when bashing on people about there education, maybe try and get your grammar right…same with @disqus_Do1iiSaLWd:disqus. “If you’re not a troll, educated yourself and read the link I provided…”

        • “A scientific law is a statement based on repeated experimental observations that describes some aspects of the universe. A scientific law always applies under the same conditions, and implies that there is a causal relationship involving its elements.”
          Maybe you should’ve tried that education thing?

    • 1. A hypothesis is an untested idea or opinion.
      2. Theory is a hypothesis that has been tested over and over and not proven false.
      3. A law is a way to describe the basic nature of the universe. How something happened. It does not state/explain why.
      4. Fact is an simple observation. I look outside and see rain. It is raining. Fact.

      A hypothesis can become a theory but a theory can not become law.

      This is a more straight forward explanation of what @@disqus_W7PZ8SbdAw:disqus wrote and it is factual. I love science so I decided to join your older conversation. Hope you don’t mind.

  22. Wireless power was Tesla’s white whale, and likewise his undoing. It only marginally worked, and the efficiency was terrible. He developed many great technologies, but “free power” was not one of them. Not even Tesla could beat the laws of thermodynamics, an “over-unity” device (producing more energy than it consumes) or “perpetual motion” device is physically impossible, because the natural laws are inviolate, even for Tesla. There have been probably as many fictitious “secret” inventions of Tesla as ones he actually invented. If there were actually such an over-unity device in existence, it is the secret “too big to keep”. There is no government/oil company conspiracy, no people “disappeared” to keep it hidden, nothing but provably false urban legends. Every person who has claimed an over-unity device has been shown to be a fraud, without exception. Anyone with a modicum of engineering expertise can take them apart with ease. People who believe these devices actually exist, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, are either technically ignorant, or deliberately stupid.

  23. the one invention that Tesla did was free energy but the evil bstrds wont let us puny human slaves have that or antigravity which they recovered at Roswell.
    The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

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  26. He is Serbian,they also never recieved credits for anything.
    Instead,they were demolished by islam with the help of the US,NATO and Saudis.
    Today,you have all these inventions because of Serbs but you also have islam knocking on your door to enslave you because Western media portrayed muslims as victims and Serbs as bad guys.

    • Abdul Basit Khakwany | July 5, 2016 at 4:43 am |

      Why bring in Islam for nothing but projecting your poison inside out? Dear sir, a Muslim greets another with peace, Islam means surrender to God and God invites to the Abode of Peace. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is welcome by the British philosopher George Bernard Shaw as the dictator of the whole world who would give us peace and happiness. The American scholar Michael H Hart ranks Prophet Muhammad as the greatest single figure in human history. French intellectual Lamertine of the 18th century writes about him: Of all the standards by which human greatness can be measured, we may ask, is there any man greater than he?

  27. Alfonso Freire Fleixas | June 7, 2016 at 10:04 am |

    Very Cool/interesting 🙂

  28. Well, what I get sick of is the statement “Apple has changed the world.” No it hasn’t. Tesla is a good example of somebody who has; and MIT MEDIA LAB in Cambridge, Mass. is another.

  29. I thought Faraday invented the electric motor, way before Tesla. As I recall it was one of his first discoveries.

  30. This is not a matter of what one prefers but what has advance society. If Tesla’s not only free but clean energy production we would have a clean planet and would not struggle with global warming and the devastating effects of pollution. You must realize just how much damage this cause by a handful of greedy people like Morgan. The same families today pretend that noting can be done when this is all built on lies. Imagine the absurdity that we are now paying taxes to clean up a mess that we could have so easily prevented. The best iis that they knew the consequences in the 50ties and did nothing. The ignorance of the public who live in a make believe world is unbelievable. Why do people keep on excusing such simple facts?

  31. Keshe is another great Scientist alive today. His work is suspected of the USS Donald Cook

  32. Nikola Telsa one of the best Christian inventors of our time!

  33. Faraday established the connection between magnetism and electric current using DC batteries. Tesla came up with an AC motor much later on, as you note.

  34. This post is complete and utter nonsense. Tesla was, without a doubt, a great inventor and scientist, but about half the stuff his internet fan following (including the author of this article) attributes to him is nonsense. Tesla did NOT invent AC (he merely developed a motor running on it decades later), he did NOT invent fluorescent bulbs (Geissler did), and he did NOT invent or discover X-rays (they were observed earlier, Helmholtz postulated them theoretically, and Röntgen finally confirmed them experimentally).

    Furthermore, there is NO evidence Tesla ever invented some sort of laser of death ray, and his idea of power transfer through air would not have and does not work, as attested by modern scientists. The idea that the universe as a ‘frequency’ is completely moronic and runs contrary to modern science, and claiming that Tesla may have had something to do with the Tunguska Event is really a deep, deep dive into conspiracy theory territory …

    Good grief.

  35. This entire blog is full of nothing but lies and fantasy. Tesla’s only invention was the AC motor. That’s it! Everything else is an internet fantasy.

  36. tesla is so cool!

  37. The more noteworth question is, how many of Tesla’s ideas did Edison steal or quash?

  38. Upon first watching the video and studying the release paperwork of Tesla here. I was quite taken in and could understand his descriptions and analogies very well. The technology described is very informative if you have a great imagination you can see how they work. Any good electrician or electrical engineer would poo poo these theories, if they were incorrect? The paperwork/pdf file shows a whole lot of nothing much, except, a huge amount of signatures by so called very important people, WHO ARE very convinced that whatever they are talking about has got some very powerful elements that should not get into foreign or enemies at that time, hands! So in my take on this subject , I would accept that Tesla had some pretty out of this world contraptions and formulae for electricity and its electromagnetic uses. Maybe the guy in the first pages of the file was right in mentioning the AMERICAN SLAV Department? Whoever they are? A convincing piece of evidence if you can read between the lines?

  39. Tesla, what a crock of crap ! Insult to all others, the author who made judgment probably UCB socialist !

  40. well actually only in Quantum Mechanics theory can something be something else or somewhere else. Does anybody understand this? I don’t.

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