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Facebook Wants To Build Direct Brain Interfaces For Virtual Reality

In his post, Zuckerberg said that the system Facebook is working on would allow for users to type directly from their brains at a rate that is five times faster than they can type on their smartphones.

The social networking site Facebook is working on a technology for people to write their thoughts through brainwaves without the need for a keyboard. The conference explores Facebook's new technology initiatives and products.

The Facebook F8 has revealed a project from Buildin 8, which is a technology that will allow people to type on a computer using only their brains. The brain-computer interface is now only being used in limited medical trials, but she said that her team at Building 8 is working to create a version that could be released to the public.

Facebook has finally unveiled the first two projects from its secretive Building 8 during the Facebook F8 last Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

What if you could type with your brain?

Dugan said the team expects to demonstrate such a real-time silent speech system in a few years' time - "one with all the speed and flexibility of voice, but with the privacy of text".

Dugan says that "no one has the right" to decode your silent thoughts, but the fact that's even something that has to be said says something scary about where technology is headed.

Such brain-computer interface technology now involves implanting electrodes, but Facebook wants to use optical imaging to eliminate the need to surgically intrude on brains, according to Dugan.

"We are working on a system that will let people type with their brains". Dugan said, "It sounds impossible but it's closer than you think", She joined Facebook from Google last 2016 and once led DARPA, the U.S. government's advanced defense research division. We are building the hardware and software necessary to deliver language through the skin.Your skin is a 2 m2 network of nerves that transmits information to your brain. And Facebook engineers have created a system that enables wordless communication via tactile actuators worn on the subject's arm. Instead of implanting anything into the brain, Facebook is planning non-invasive ways of using wearable sensors.

"We're talking about decoding those words, the ones you've already made a decision to share by sending them to the speech center of your brain: a silent speech-interface with all the flexibility and speed of voice, but with the privacy of typed text", Dugan says-something that would be invaluable to an always-on wearable like a light, glasses-like AR headset.

"Our brains produce enough data to stream 4 HD movies every second".

She wants to develop non-invasive sensors that can read the brain through hair, skin and skull, and according to Dugan optical imaging is the best place to start.

"Understanding semantics means that one day you may be able to choose to share your thoughts independent of language".

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