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Facebook Wants to Pick at Your Brain… Literally

Regina Dugan at F8 via Facebook
Regina Dugan at F8 via Facebook

During yesterday’s second, and last, day of F8 2017, Facebook’s  annual event where developers come together to explore the future of technology and totally not the fan convention for the new Fast and the Furious movie, Facebook may have come forward with it’s craziest idea yet.

Facebook is working on a system that will let people type with their brains, specifically, they have a goal of “creating a silent speech system capable of typing 100 words per minute straight from your brain.”

Excuse me, what?

Regina Dugan, the head of the company’s secretive hardware R&D division, Building 8, announced the program on stage yesterday at the conference, stating, “Your brain activity contains more information than what a word sounds like and how it’s spelled; it also contains semantic information of what those words mean.”

Facebook explains that they want to do this with “non-invasive” wearable sensors that can be manufactured. “This is about decoding those words you’ve already decided to share by sending them to the speech center of your brain. It’s a way to communicate with the speed and flexibility of your voice and the privacy of text.”

How about you stay the fuck away from people brains, Facebook?

This literally sounds like the beginning of a dystopian novel where the big corporation subtly starts to infiltrate the minds of every citizen, so it’s up to one spunky girl, who cannot pick between two boys, to save the world from evil.

[Via Gizmodo]

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