Facebook’s brain-computer interface program will have you thinking twice before you speak.
Facebook is really pushing the boundaries with their recent announcement of plans to create a non-invasive AR control brain interface that could one day allow us to type by just thinking! Yes, a mind-reading device!
Today we’re sharing an update on our work to build a non-invasive wearable device that lets people type just by imagining what they want to say. Our progress shows real potential in how future inputs and interactions with AR glasses could one day look. https://t.co/ilk192GwAR
— Boz (@boztank) July 30, 2019
Facebook, working with researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, has since worked with three patients testing out the brain-computer interface program (BCI).
In an article by Facebook, this new technology could potentially be a new communication tool to help patients who suffer from paralysis.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned in a blog post that the new BCI technology can introduce a whole new way of connecting with our loved ones, hands-free:
Rather than looking down at a phone screen or breaking out a laptop, we can maintain eye contact and retrieve useful information and context without ever missing a beat,”
This mission impossible will one day enable users to navigate menus and type with their minds alone, aiming to collect information not just through smartphones and computers but to tap user information by reading signals in the brain.
Sounds a lot like a new Black Mirror era is about to emerge.
While the BCI technology has many benefits especially for individuals who have limitations in communications, the question is, will users be hesitant to give the social network company the ability to tap their thoughts?
If you’re feeling creeped out, not to worry, Facebook has mentioned that this technology will not be available for consumers for now.