The realities of being able to post to Facebook and type messages with your brain inched closer during a presentation by the company on Wednesday. While pointing out that the smartphone has had some unintended consequences on the relationships on the “people sitting right next to us,” Facebook’s Regina Dugan introduced an idea that seems more like science fiction according to The Guardian:
Facebook has assembled a team of 60 people, including machine learning and neural prosthetics experts, to enable such a system. Facebook is currently hiring a brain-computer interface engineer and a neural imaging engineer. Its goal? To create a system capable of typing one hundred words per minute – five times faster than you can type on a smartphone – straight from your brain.
“It sounds impossible but it’s closer than you may realize.”