Facebook out to read minds

Melba UnderwoodApr 21, 2017

But what is most interesting is Facebook's investment into building a brain-computer interface that will let users type using their mind.

Facebook is in the midst of developing technology which will allow users to communicate user thoughts along, according to The Telegraph.

Facebook is now recruiting a brain-computer interface engineer and a neural imaging engineer to work on the project alongside the team already in place.

One example of Building 8's work so far, Dugan said, was an attempt to improve technology that allows people to type words using their minds.

He admitted "that stuff is really far out", but said Facebook would reveal more shortly.

Building 8, which was created at last year's F8, has been working on a "brain-computer interface" for several months, Ms. Dugan said.

This is what Facebook's secretive Building 8 hardware group has been working on, as predicted when it began hiring brain computer interface engineers earlier this year.

What if you could type with your brain?

Meanwhile, the skin sensors would harness a concept first discovered by Louis Braille more than a century ago: your brain can recognize patterns in the things you touch and turn them into words in a similar fashion to how your ear processes and decodes sounds via the cochlea.

More so, the project is reported being initiated by Facebook's Building 8 team which is the same with Google's X division and as well as Amazon's Lab126, Building 8 is a clandestine development unit in charge with creating new modernization and innovations "Darpa-style" breakthroughs for Facebook.

"What if we could make it possible for you to hear through your skin?".

In a bid to placate privacy concerns, Dugan said that the technology was not interested in decoding a person's random thoughts. Facebook's goal, working with researchers at several USA universities, is to make the system non-invasive, as well as fast enough so that people can type 100 words a minute just by thinking. One of the projects is a technology that allows people to type with their brains, while the other is a technology that allows hearing vibrations on the skin.

Before joining Google, Dugan ran the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, devoted to developing technology for the U.S. military. She said in her keynote that the planting of electrodes in the brain was not scalable and Facebook was looking instead at non-invasive sensors. This will scan the brain at a rate of a 100 times a second in order to detect thoughts being processed. This is about decoding the words you've already made a decision to share by sending them to the speech center of your brain.

Dugan compared the silent speech system to how people use photographs.

On his Facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg added: "Our brains produce enough data to stream four HD movies every second".

The goal is to one day be able to think in Mandarin and feel in Spanish.

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