A Facebook mind-reading device wants you to type with your brain

Facebook envisions a future in which individuals will be able to type out words and send messages using solely their brains.

“The promise of AR lies in its ability to seamlessly connect individuals to the world that surrounds them — and to each other. Instead of looking down at a phone screen or breaking out a laptop, we are able to maintain eye contact and retrieve helpful info and context without ever missing a beat,” Facebook said in a web blog post.

The social network 1st proclaimed that its research lab, Building 8, was engaged on a computer-brain interface in 2017, during the social network’s F8 developer conference. Regina Dugan, who was leading the effort however left the corporate after over a year, said during a speech that Facebook wished to make a silent speech system that can type a hundred words per minute straight from your brain. That’d be 5 times quicker than a person could write from a phone.

Researchers, as well as at Stanford University, have already found how to do this with patients who are paralyzed, however it requires surgery in which electrodes are implanted into the brain. Facebook, though, hopes to create a wearable that isn’t invasive.

The social network has kept tight-lipped concerning progress on the moonshot project since it was 1st disclosed. In the meanwhile, the corporate has faced a series of scandals concerning privacy and security.

 Facebook’s tarnished image will probably make customers cautious concerning giving the social network the power to decode their thoughts — even if they’re solely the ones we want to share. It’s also not the sole company studying computer-brain interfaces. Elon Musk’s startup Neuralink is making an attempt to link our brains to computers.

Facebook has teamed up with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, to study whether or not it’s attainable to decode speech from a person’s brain activity onto a computer screen. The researchers worked with 3epilepsy patients who united to have electrodes for some time implanted into their brains, in line with a study revealed Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

The patients responded out loud to 9 simple questions, like “How is your room currently?” and “When do you want me to check back on you?” at the same time, machine learning algorithms were ready “to decode a small set of full, spoken words and phrases from brain activity in real time,” in line with Facebook.

Despite this progress, the social network acknowledged that there are still loads of labor to do to create augmented reality glasses with such features.

“That future continues to be an extended way off, however early-stage research happening today is the start toward delivering on its promise,” the corporate said.