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Friday, July 7, 2017

Facebook Is Out To Read Minds With Smartphones That Types Directly From Your Brain

Facebook Is Out To Read Minds With Smartphones That Types Directly From Your Brain

There's no denying that the world we live in right now is very advanced. It seems that everything is "instant" and it is amazing, right? It makes life easier, who wouldn't feel relief when you know a certain thing can be done instantly, right? Thanks to technology and its advanced features, we get the liberty to rely on it. But is it really a good thing? Or the technological world we live right now will creep us out in the end? Just recently, Facebook has assembled a team of 60 people, including machine learning and neural prosthetics experts, brain-computer interface engineers and neural imaging engineers, to create a “mind reading” smartphone. Amazing! The smartphone's system would be capable of typing one hundred words per minute and what makes it too "advanced" is that it comes straight from one’s thoughts. Yes, Facebook is currently making a gadget that can read your private thoughts. Feel disturbed?

“No such technology exists today; we’ll need to develop one.”

Facebook is now looking at using optical imaging which needs the use of lasers to capture changes in the properties of neurons as they fire. It is to make sure that it can glean words straight from our brain before we say them. If these signals can be read, they can be transmitted silently to other people. If the thought that a company that makes almost all of its money from harvesting your personal data could also have access to your thoughts is scary, that’s because it is. Are you ready for this technology?

Before you freak out and delete Facebook, Facebook told its supporters to not be so concerned about their thoughts being constantly read by a machine because it would only be able to decode words one was “about to say”. However, the goal of that technology is to read thoughts without them being said and to translate them into computer commands.

Do this message from Facebook can really make us feel relieved? How can a clear line be drawn between what can and cannot be read in the nebulous realm of human thought? Is there a thin line to begin with? How can we be assured that this kind of technology won’t be used to actually monitor and control people’s thoughts? And the million dollar question is; Are there even people willing to give up the sanctuary of their own thoughts for the slight convenience of not moving one’s finger on a touchscreen?

Another reason why Facebook wants to read our brain activity is to develop the equivalent of a “brain mouse” for augmented reality. What’s just lacking in this augmented future is a user interface. When we don’t have a smartphone or a computer mouse, how can we select and click on a piece of digital content? Facebook still appears to be keen on answering questions nobody ever asked. Although the technology is presented as a way of “staying connected with the people around us” since communication was made more easier now. And it is now reducing the need to look at one’s screen – the true goal of this technology is painfully obvious. The people behind the famous website simply want to know what you’re thinking all the time. Now, are you ready for this "too advanced" feature from Facebook?

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