Is a smarter planet one with fewer wires and batteries?

There are legends of Nikola Tesla and his theories on wireless electricity.  Some have claimed that key knowledge died with Tesla which would have changed the face of energy today.  I don’t know about all that, but it seems that there have been some interesting developments in the area of energy without wires.

At the Consumer Electronics Show, a 32″ TV was run with wireless electricity.  It gets me to thinking… is the future not in better batteries or the whole world wired and rather in the elimination these things to begin with?  What if the energy to run cars came from the roads rather than from a battery.  It might not work for all needs, but it would certainly work for many town and highway needs.  What if your gadgets pulled electricity from the environment much as we use free WiFi today?  The batteries just “tide you over” between zones.

I know we’re a long way from this, but it makes you think, doesn’t it?

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