When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be
converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being
particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to
communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance.
Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see
and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face,
despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the
instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be
amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will
be able to carry one in his vest pocket.
We shall be able to witness and hear events — the inauguration of
a President, the playing of a world series game, the havoc of an
earthquake or the terror of a battle — just as though we were
Streaming video is getting to be old hat. It’s human nature that we take every breakthrough for granted after just a few years. But sometimes when I’m watching a live baseball game on my phone while I’m walking around, it strikes me just how futuristic it would seem to my younger self.