Yesterday at F8, Facebook revealed it has a team of 60 engineers working on building a brain-computer interface that will let you type with just your mind without invasive implants. The team plans to use optical imaging to scan your brain a hundred times per second to detect you speaking silently in your head and translate it into text.
Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s R&D division Building 8, explained to conference attendees that the goal is to eventually allow people to type at 100 words per minute, 5X faster than typing on a phone, with just your mind.
Eventually, brain-computer interfaces could let people control augmented reality and virtual reality experiences with their mind instead of a screen or controller. Mark Zuckerberg and CTO teased these details of this “direct brain interface” technology over the last two days at F8.
Facebook also announced some cool new features like Camera Effect Platform, Facebook Spaces, Developer Circles, Facebook Analytics and much more during this year’s F8 on Tuesday and Wednesday. F8 is Facebook’s annual event where developers and businesses come together to explore the future of technology.
According to Mike Schroepfer, Facebook Chief Technology Officer, Facebook’s goal is to develop technology that will help everyone build global community. To do that, Facebook is investing in three foundational technologies over the next 10 years: connectivity, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.