CALIFORNIA, United States (Reuters) — At Facebook’s annual builders convention on Wednesday (April 19), the corporate revealed a secretive unit headed by a former chief of the Pentagon’s analysis arm, disclosing that the social media firm is studying methods for folks to speak by thought and contact.
Facebook launched the analysis store, referred to as Building eight, final 12 months to conduct long-term work that may result in merchandise. In charge of the unit is Regina Dugan, who led an analogous group at Alphabet Inc’s Google and was beforehand director of the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.
One instance of Building eight’s work to this point, Dugan mentioned, was an try to enhance technology that enables folks to sort phrases utilizing their minds. Using mind implants, folks can already sort eight phrases a minute, she mentioned. Facebook’s objective, working with researchers at a number of U.S. universities, is to make the system non-invasive, in addition to quick sufficient so that individuals can sort 100 phrases a minute simply by considering.
A video performed on the convention confirmed two Facebook staff speaking to one another via contact. As one worker, Frances, wore an digital gadget on her arm, the opposite, Freddy, used a pc program to ship strain modifications to her arm.