Yes, you read that right. During the recent F8 conference, Regina Regan, Facebook’s head of Research and Development, announced that the company is working on developing a full functional brain-computer interface that would allow people to use brain power in order to work with Facebook.
Does Facebook Want to Steal Our Thoughts?
Shortly after Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Spaces, a new type of social media platform which employs virtual reality, Regina Regan, the company’s chief of Research and Development Department, told the public that the future of social media resides in mind-reading machines.
Regan’s statements regarding the future of Facebook might sound a bit disconcerting, but the company’s R&D chief declared that, beyond any ethical considerations, there are many benefits to working with your computer via a mind connection.
The company’s representative said that a brain-computer interface would make conventional means of working with a computer or mobile devices, such as physical and virtual keyboards and mice, obsolete, ushering a new era of technology.
Although this type of technology is still in its infancy, Facebook announced that it is currently working on the way to help you type over 100 words per minute using only your mind. Regan declared that even the most versatile smartphone user sometimes has trouble with the device’s limited virtual keyboard.
But with the new brain-computer interface, your thoughts can be easily translated into words and sentences. What’s even more outstanding is that with this new mind-reading device can go far beyond spelling and semantics.
What Are the Implications of Using This Type of Technology?
In regard to the ethical considerations of this new device, Regan said that a special committee would be created in order to monitor the activity of the thought-reading device. Called the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Committee or ELSI, for short, this new board will be able to tell what the machine can do and what it can’t do.
However, we’re still far down the road to be thinking about thought privacy invasion. Although Facebook has done its best to tell its customers about the ingenious device, it failed to supply any specifics.
All we know for sure is that the company is hard at work, developing the device and, once it’s available, it will change everything we know about interacting with people over social media channels, and, of course, working on a computer or mobile device.
Meanwhile, Facebook invited its users to try out its new VR-based feature called Spaces which allows people to talk to each other, play games, and make selfies.
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