Nikola Tesla

Wireless electricity: The wave of the future?

Dan Rodricks's commentary "Big fix: Buried power lines, anyone?" (Sept. 4) offered a creative idea to improve America's infrastructure. But something more radical is needed. Flooding or other environmental problems could still disturb buried power lines. Wireless electricity could solve the problem of transmitting electricity in a way that is both safe and economically sound.

In the early 1900s, Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla saw wireless electricity as the wave of the future. In a speech he said "We must be able to transmit things from other places over long distances — pictures, the news [and]...