Facebook out to read minds

Facebook's Sci-Fi Plan for Typing with Your Mind and Hearing with Your Skin

"It's closer than you think", she said speaking at the company's annual developer conference in San Jose, California.

In addition to typing, the system could also serve as a sort of computer mouse for your brain, which would allow you to perform "yes/no" clicks, among other commands. Facebook has "a goal of creating a system capable of typing 100 words per minute, straight from the speech center of your brain - 5x faster than you can type on your smart phone today". "The problem is that the best way we have to get information out into the world - speech - can only transmit about the same amount of data as a 1980s modem", CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. Oculus has already dealt with some blowback for its Terms and Conditions which give Facebook access to your movements and where you're looking in VR, what these scandals look like in the future could be even more invasive. Make no mistake, however: neither Facebook nor anyone else has such an optical electrode now working to almost the level they will require.

The technology was still a few years away.

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Ms Dugan is the company's head of Building 8, the firm's hardware research lab.

The method works in a way that is similar to how functional near-infrared spectroscopy is now used to measure brain activity.

Scrapping the need for physical or virtual keyboards in favor of direct-to-brain interface has been considered an inevitable eventuality by many scientists, mostly because it falls directly in line with the natural progression that human development follows.

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Such a device-a headband or some sort of cap-could be useful to people who are so severely paralyzed that they can't communicate. "It is these words, words that you have already made a decision to send to the speech centre of your brain that we seek to turn into text".

Reading the human brain isn't the kind of technology announcement we're used to seeing from Facebook, which makes truckloads of money advertising against user selfies and home videos. One goal is to facilitate communication between brain cells by hacking the "neural code" that lets people store and recall memories and information. Doing so accurately, in real time, at the rate Facebook proposes, would represent a huge step forward over what neuroscience has shown is possible so far. Facebook is hoping to replicate what the cochlea in your ear does-takes sound and separates into frequencies transmitted to the brain-except via your skin. Separately, Building 8 also is working on technology that could help people "hear" with their skin, Dugan said. But this employee apparently reached her 9-word level in just a couple of hours using the company's weird arm-sock embedded with electrodes system. People talking to a friend or family member face to face would no longer need to interrupt a conversation by picking up their smartphone to send a message. Additionally, she said, this technology could serve as a "speech prosthetic" for patients with paralysis.

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