Mind Reading, some people may refer it as an illusion but it describes as the transfer of information between individuals by means other than the five senses. Interestingly, Facebook has revealed plans to develop a new type of smartphone capable of reading people’s minds.

facebook develops mind reading smarphones
Source: IEEE Signal Processing Society

Facebook has assembled a team of 60 people, including machine learning and neural prosthetics experts, to enable such a system. According to The Guardian, the head of Facebook’s innovation skunkworks Building 8, Regina Dugan said: “The smartphone has cost us something. It has allowed us to connect with people far away from us too often at the expense of people sitting right next to us.”

She further added: “We know intuitively and from experience that we’d all be better off if we looked up a little more often.”

This kind of technology will read your brainwaves so that you don’t have to look down at your phone to type emails, you can just think them. Facebook wants 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. For this, the company is currently hiring a brain-computer interface engineer and a neural imaging engineer.

Facebook develops mind reading smartphones
Source: Daily Mail

Regina Dugan explained: “It sounds impossible but it’s closer than you may realise. Interestingly and most importantly, Facebook would only decode the words you were going to say anyway.

“It’s not about decoding random thoughts. We’re talking about decoding the words you’ve already decided to share by sending them to the speech centre of your brain.”

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