These examples are cited merely to give an idea of the
possibilities of this great scientific advance, which annihilates
distance and makes that perfect natural conductor, the Earth, available
for all the innumerable purposes which human ingenuity has found for a
line-wire. One far-reaching result of this is that any device capable
of being operated through one or more wires (at a distance obviously
restricted) can likewise be actuated, without artificial conductors and
with the same facility and accuracy, at distances to which there are no
limits other than those imposed by the physical dimensions of the
earth. Thus, not only will entirely new fields for commercial
exploitation be opened up by this ideal method of transmission, but the
old ones vastly extended.
As to the immediate purposes of my enterprise, they were clearly outlined in a technical statement of that period from which I quote, "The world system has resulted from a combination of several original discoveries made by the inventor in the course of long continued research and experimentation. It makes possible not only the instantaneous and precise wireless transmission of any kind of signals, messages or characters, to all parts of the world, but also the inter-connection of the existing telegraph, telephone, and other signal stations without any change in their present equipment. By its means, for instance, a telephone subscriber here may call up and talk to any other subscriber on the Earth. An inexpensive receiver, not bigger than a watch, will enable him to listen anywhere, on land or sea, to a speech delivered or music played in some other place, however distant."