These days the F8 conference of Facebook was held, where we could see all the main developments that Facebook is going to launch, especially to enhance its Messenger application through better bots and smarter operation, as well as new functions for augmented reality with smarter filters and virtual reality.
Facebook could have access to our thoughts within a few years
Yesterday was the second part of this conference, which despite not being as important as the one held during the first day, has also left some interesting news about what Facebook has at hand to put the technology to the service of society.
Among these novelties, the one that stood out was one that could be the ultimate intrusion on our privacy: that Facebook had access to what we think. This would be achieved through the implantation of electrodes in our brain. Facebook wanted to emphasize that this would allow people to write with the brain. That is, just thinking about it.
Facebook gave few details about this feature, but one experiment Regina Dugan referred to during her presentation was about pea-sized electrodes implanted within the user’s brain. This project is being managed by Building 8, where a group of 60 scientists from various disciplines works on the research of this technology.
Facebook would have full access to our thoughts
This is the society of impulse in which we live, many users put the first thing that comes to their head in social networks, being able to make a profile of what kind of person it is in terms of what they write or the people they follow. However, accessing the brain directly would mean that Facebook could access all our ideas.
To try to reassure viewers of the event, Dugan said the system could not read the “silent thoughts” of our brain, but would focus on motions like the idea of thinking of moving a mouse or things that we would say when talking, just as we can differentiate between thinking and talking normally. With the mental writing system we could be able to “write” up to 100 words per minute, several times faster than we can write on our mobile.
Dugan also said that no one has a right to access your thoughts. Even so, the fact that they have to specify this detail makes us see how dangerous this technology can be in the hands of companies like Facebook, who takes the least options to gather as much information as possible about us. In fact, under the terms and conditions of use of Oculus, Facebook has access to your movements and what you are seeing with the virtual reality glasses.
Facebook stated that its Building-8 team is also working on a technology that would allow hearing impaired people to hear through the skin. Beyond the futuristic that this technology seems, Facebook says they expect it to be ready within a few years. We also remember that Elon Musk is investigating something similar with Neuralink.