Reading Thoughts by Radio and Inventor Forecasts Private Radio Systems (May, 1924)
I wonder which idea readers in 1924 thought was more plausible; mind reading automatons or cell phones. Whatever the answer, one thing is clear: we need to come up with some way to use the word “radioplasm”. Google only returns two hits on this word and one of them is in another language.
Reading Thoughts by Radio
Can thoughts be read by radio? “Madam Radora” seems to prove that they can. Madam is not a human being, but a life-size automaton shown at the Permanent Radio Fair in New York. Her “thoughts” and movements are controlled entirely by wireless; no wires of any kind are attached to the table whereon she rests, and a liberal reward is promised the person who can prove that this is not true. Persons desiring to ask questions simply stand before “Madam Radora” with their hands resting on a special pedestal carrying a number of electrical contacts. Radora then bends over her crystal, and answers the questions put to her in a clear, feminine voice.
Inventor Forecasts Private Radio Systems
Private communication, on a par with the telephone, will be possible in the near future, Edgar DeForest, a Minneapolis
engineer, predicted recently. His plan involves a central station, continuously in action , and equipped with both sending and receiving elements, operating with what the inventor calls “waveless wireless,” without any alternating or pulsating current effects. Offices and homes would be equipped with small instruments, the cost of which would be nominal, and which, by automatic signals, would be put in touch with the person desired, so that the system would be limited to the two connected stations, just as with the telephone.