Facebook will soon let you type with your brain

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It wants to do this with non-invasive, wearable sensors that can be manufactured at scale.

Even though Facebook has nearly 2 billion users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is investing massively in ideas such as virtual reality to make sure that the social network is not brushed aside by new and modern technologies.

Even so, the fact that they have to specify this detail makes us see how risky 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. "What if you could type directly from your brain. with the speed and flexibility of voice and the privacy of text?".

While the projects may be a far way from reality, Facebook believes they will one day be a big hit with consumers.

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According to The Guardian, Building 8's head of hardware innovation Regina Dugan described the effort as a way of breaking the spell of people being mesmerised to their screens to have a conversation online. When bringing new technology to light, people see a lot of talks and then the actual work developed by experts which concentrate on obtaining positive outcomes after testing the new product.

The company made its intentions known in a two-day developer's conference in San Jose, California, US.

"Our brains produce enough data to stream four HD movies every second", wrote Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post.

Both can capture more movement giving users more immersive content. Facebook isn't going to roll out branded cameras but it does plan to license the designs to partners to get the technology into the marketplace later this year, reported TechCrunch.

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In one of the videos played at the keynote, Facebook revealed how one such prototype system was letting a person with ALS type with their brain. "What if we could type directly from our brain into a computer?" But now Facebook is starting to look beyond the smartphone and has revealed that it is working on technology that will allow people to type by just using signals from their brains.

"Over the next 2 years, we will be building systems that demonstrate the capability to type at 100 wpm by decoding neural activity devoted to speech", she said.

After all, the current best for thought-to-speech is about eight words-per-minute, excluding the time it takes to fit the electrodes.

A team of more than 60 scientists, engineers and others, including from UC Berkeley and UCSF, are working on ways to decode speech and language.

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Before joining Google, Dugan ran the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, devoted to developing technology for the USA military. And Facebook engineers have created a system that enables wordless communication via tactile actuators worn on the subject's arm. Facebook is looking at new ways to transform how people communicate in the future. The technology will then convert the thoughts into text. Researchers say this technology would use skin instead of the ear to take in sound and send information to the brain.

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