Facebook working on ‘thoughtnet’

The Facebook logo is displayed on their website in an illustration photo taken in Bordeaux
The Facebook logo is displayed on their website in an illustration photo. Image by: REGIS DUVIGNAU / REUTERS
Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that Facebook is working on technology that will allow people to send their thoughts directly over the internet.

He made the announcement at F8, Facebook’s developer conference, where he unveiled a host of new augmented-reality technologies that let users superimpose digital objects on the real world using a smartphone camera.

But he said the company was already looking beyond technologies like AR. “We’re building further out beyond augmented reality and that includes work around direct brain interfaces that are going to eventually one day let you communicate using only your mind,” Zuckerberg said.

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

Regina Dugan, who left Google last year to work on advanced technologies, was due to speak at F8 yesterday evening.

She leads a mysterious division inside Facebook called Building 8, which earlier this year advertised for PhD-level roles for jobs such as “brain-computer interface engineer” and “neural imaging engineer”.

© The Daily Telegraph | 20 April, 2017 06:32

 

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