Facebook team working on ways to read users’ thoughts

And you thought social media was bad now? Just you wait. Who’s ready for the 2024 election?

(From The FT)

Facebook is aiming to get to a point where the system can read the brain five times faster than an individual can type on a smartphone, enabling other new technologies such as artificial intelligence-powered augmented reality.

So far, mind-reading research has focused on analysing which brain cells fill with blood. But to understand speech, the Facebook scientists would have to be able to track minerals moving in an out of each cell, Ms Dugan explained.

Researchers outside of Facebook have also been relying on electrodes implanted in the brain, but Ms Dugan’s team will be looking at methods that do not involve operation, as the process “simply does not scale”.

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