Soon, Facebook tech will let our brains type

Facebook wants to make it possible to type out a text message when the words pop up in your mind and "hear" language from the vibrations felt on our skin, moonshot projects that could transform the way people communicate in the future. "Unlike other approaches, ours will be focused on developing a noninvasive system that could one day become a speech prosthetic for people with communication disorders or new means for input to AR". But soon, it hopes to also know what's inside our head: The company's Building 8 research group says it's developing a brain-computer interface to detect a user's thoughts and translate them into text.

Earlier this week the Information reported that Building 8 has been working on a vibrating "haptic vest" as well as more generally augmented reality technology.

Building 8, which was created at last year's F8, has been working on a "brain-computer interface" for several months, Ms. Dugan said. The goal is to let users type at 100 words a minute from your brain.

The project is part of Facebook's consumer hardware lab known as Building 8, as Business Insider first reported in January.

Coming from a huge company like Facebook, questions have been raised about the privacy implications of such a technology, but Dugan said it was not interested in decoding a person's random thoughts.

Next, they will work to allow people to "type" a staggering 100 words a minute using their thoughts.

"We're working on a system that will let you type straight from your brain about five times faster than you can type on your phone today".


But that's not it as the company has another project in line that intends to allow people to hear with their skin, which FYI is the largest organ in the body.

"We're talking about decoding those words, the ones you already made a decision to share by sending them to the speech center of your brain".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference on Tuesday at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

"Even something as simple as a yes-no brain click would fundamentally change our capability", she added.

"Eventually, we want to turn it into a wearable technology that can be manufactured at scale", Zuckerberg said in a blog post on Wednesday. They take a ton, but only choose to share a few. In the 19th century, Braille taught us that we could interpret small bumps on a surface as language.

The efforts take advantage of the huge computing power of the human brain, which can stream 40 high-definition movies at any moment, Dugan said. Interestingly, Facebook has revealed plans to develop a new type of smartphone capable of reading people's minds.

  • Joey Payne