The founder and Chief Executive of Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Mark Zuckerberg, has confirmed they are working on a “mind reading brain interface” that will soon let you communicate only with your mind.
Zuckerberg was speaking at Facebook’s annual developer conference on Tuesday about where the business is going, particularly in relation to augmented reality, virtual reality, bots, and new communication methods. But he said the mind reading stuff is still several years into the future. “We’re building further out beyond augmented reality, and that includes work around direct brain interfaces that one day will let you communicate using only your mind, although that stuff is pretty far out”, he said. Zuckerberg has promised to reveal more details of this soon.
Zuckerberg says mind-computer interface is a thing of the future, but it is closer to reality than what most people think. He will also release a timeline about when we may eventually have this soon.
Separately, the Facebook CEO also introduced what he says is the “second act” in Facebook’s camera strategy. It is a new platform that will let developers build AR apps that will intensify its battle with Snapchat.
Facebook Was Looking For a Brain-Computer Interface Engineer
There have been rumors for a while now that Facebook has been working on something like this at their mysterious “Building 8 (B8)”. In fact, recently, the tech firm was looking for “an experienced Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Engineer who will be responsible for working on a 2-year B8 project focused on developing advanced BCI technologies”, according to a company advertisement.
Zuckerberg just accepted these rumors to be true.
Other Businesses Are Working On Mind-Computer Interface As Well
Of course, Facebook isn’t the only business that is working on a brain-computer interface. Elon Musk announced recently the creation of a new company named Neuralink, which will work to merge the human brain with computers. The effort is to augment human intelligence so that humans can keep pace with artificial intelligence. Initially, it will just improve our memories, but the applications can be much wider in the future.
Bryan Johnson, the founder of Braintree, has also invested $100 million to make a neuroprosthesis, which will unlock the power of the human brain, and make our neural code programmable. One day, he says, we will have a seamless interface with our technologies and our AI.