Mark Zuckerberg confirms Facebook is working on mind-reading technology

Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that Facebook is working on technology that will allow people to directly send their thoughts over the internet  “direct brain interfaces that are going to, eventually, one day, let you communicate using only your mind”.

A secretive division at Facebook’s California headquarters has been experimenting with mind-reading technology for several months, the company revealed.

Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, has previously described telepathy as the “ultimate communication technology”, but the social network’s ambitions have been unclear.

At Facebook’s annual developer conference on Wednesday, Regina Dugan said Facebook was working on “optical neuro-imaging systems” that would allow people to type words directly from their brain at 100 words per minute: five times the speed possible on a smartphone.

“It sounds impossible but it’s closer than you think,” said Ms Dugan, who joined Facebook from Google last year and previously led DARPA, the US government’s advanced defence research division.

She said that allowing people to rapidly transcribe thoughts would allow them to privately send texts and emails in an instant, but said the project was only the beginning of Facebook’s mind-reading efforts. Ms Dugan suggested that in the future, people may be able to share thoughts directly, removing the barriers of different languages. “You may be able to share your thoughts independent of language: English Spanish or Mandarin, they become the same,” she said.

Despite Facebook’s almost 2bn users, Mr Zuckerberg is investing heavily in ideas such as virtual reality to ensure that the social network is not brushed aside by new technologies.

Ms Dugan said a major barrier to reading thoughts would be developing non-invasive sensors capable of detecting brainwaves.

The bigger question is,while were all living in our”imaginary” worlds,what’s going to be going on in this one?

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source : telegraph.co.uk