The future has arrived – in the form of a spherical flying machine:

It’s interesting to note that, while the Japanese Ministry of Defense developed the machine in 2011, it was on October 4, 1927 that Nikola Tesla received patent # 1,655,114 for his “Apparatus for aerial transportation.” As you can see from the photo below, Tesla’s machine looks incredibly similar to what we can see of the Japanese machine’s inner-workings:

There is a lot that can be said about technology and what technologies must exist, if this is what is available to the public eye. I’m more interested, however, in Tesla. Still a relatively unknown figure, Tesla is most noted for the development of our modern Alternating Current (AC), wireless radio communication, and for his Tesla Coils.

I’ve recently been working on a project with the accomplished painter Alex Bigney, who has written a book titled Talking to Tesla, where he recounts a series of life-changing experiences, dealing directly with Nikola Tesla. “Beginning in 2004, painter Alex Bigney underwent experiences that profoundly impacted his art and changed his life. In a series of uncanny dreams the enigmatic and now largely forgotten scientist, Nikola Tesla, visited him. Ironically, the first of these experiences took place before the artist even knew who Tesla was.” (Quoted from the Talking to Tesla website)

This man, this scientist – Tesla – wants his work to be carried on. Even decades after his death, scientists are still discovering his ground-breaking genius and finding immediate use for his inventions and discoveries. I imagine we’ll be hearing a lot more about Nikola Tesla in the short years to come.

* You can find out more about Talking To Tesla: The Mirror That is the Door and read the first four chapters at There is even a Facebook group for the book with daily selections from the text, and conversation from a diverse range of readers.

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