Nikola Tesla Statue That Provides Free Wi-Fi in Palo Alto

Porter also used this project to comment on the need to balance innovation with the economics of venture capital. His short tongue-in-cheek video imaging what Tesla’s pitch to modern investors would look like reached over 230,000 views, greatly pleasing Porter. “This unique project … is also intended to inspire the entrepreneurs who come to the Silicon Valley to think big and selflessly—as Tesla did,” says Porter. “The free exchange of information and affordable access to sustainable energy have the potential to solve the critical issues of poverty and education, and inspire peace.”

mentalfloss.com - written by Ali Parr - April 22, 2015

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An important fraction of the matter in the universe is very cold, and emits only far infrared, microwave or millimetre wave radiation. To detect cold astronomical objects, a radiotelescope’s detection instrument must be cooled to even lower temperatures, to avoid the thermal noise of the detector. NIKA 2, the second generation Neel-IRAM-KID-Array, is a dual-band millimetre-wave camera operating simultaneously at 150 and 260 GHz. The instrument is based on large arrays of superconducting Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KIDs) operated at temperature 0.1 Kelvin. NIKA 2 was built by an international consortium, led by the Institut NÉEL. Successful installation took place in October 2015 at the 30 m diameter telescope of the IRAM (Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétique) on Pico Veleta at altitude 2850 m in the Sierra Nevada, Spain.

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Nikola Tesla, one of the most influential inventors of the 20th century, spent his life working with electricity and dreamed of the possibility of wireless communication. Although he died about 30 years before the first call was made on a wireless cell phone, his work is invaluable to the technology available today. What could be a more fitting tribute to this man than a statue in his likeness that is equipped with free Wifi?

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