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Facebook Announces Mind-Controlled Computer Technology

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(ANTIMEDIA) On Tuesday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg dropped a stunner when he announced to the attendees of F8, Facebook’s annual developers’ conference, that the tech giant is developing technology that will allow users to communicate using only their minds. The technology will come in the form of implantable chips that will create a brain-computer interface (BCI). It’s one of several secret projects being developed in the mysterious R&D division Building 8 labs.

 

Zuckerberg’s past statements on the fabled brain-computer interface have been nothing less than tantalizing. In 2015, Zuckerberg laid out his personal vision for the technology:

“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,” Zuckerberg said during a Q&A. “You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like.”

 

On Tuesday, Zuckerberg confirmed BCI as one of four technologies the tech giant is currently developing in B8 (in addition to augmented reality, drones, and cameras). This isn’t exactly news, as it’s been known for some time that Facebook was heading in this direction. A recent job post by the company called for “an experienced Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Engineer who will be responsible for working on a 2-year B8 project focused on developing advanced BCI technologies.”

 

Zuckerberg teased everyone by announcing more details would be released today, and indeed, they were.

 

On Wednesday, former DARPA executive Regina Dugan, who also worked for Google’s advanced projects division and currently heads the Building 8 division, told conference attendees that a research team of 60 engineers is currently developing technologies that will allow people to type at 100 words per minute using only their minds. BCI applications will also enable people to control augmented and virtual reality interfaces using only their thoughts.

 

It appears Dugan is making headway on her original job description, which was to develop “technologies that fluidly blend physical and digital worlds.”

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Facebook is working on a way to let you type with your brain

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the way i see things soon there will be no real feeling or emotion to be had for/lived by a person, no real experience and that honestly makes me sad. children these days and in the future will only live through technology and artificially made stuff.

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2 hours ago, justLiz said:

the way i see things soon there will be no real feeling or emotion to be had for/lived by a person, no real experience and that honestly makes me sad. children these days and in the future will only live through technology and artificially made stuff.

Pretty much sums it up for me as well and somewhat ironic considering tone-deaf Zuckerberg's spent a small fortune learning 'how to' emote via rote facial expressions as a way of enabling his Facebook sales pitch in order to convince us all to evolve into the self-same sorta pervasive patterns of his own pathology ...aka becoming a colossal asshole! 

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As our familiar 'real' fades into the foreground of a virtual reality worldview, it would be advisable to also terminate all genuinely authentic relationships asap and therefore avoid the possibility of any memory leaks because they cannot be easily diapered!

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Facebook’s plans to augment reality are as dystopian as they are smart ... Our AR future could be an advertising and social hellscape

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Facebook Has to Keep Apologizing for Its Business Model

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Sorry. Sorry. I’m trying to remove it.

On Sunday, some of Facebook's research into people's emotional states while using the platform made it to the public. It's extremely creepy, and once again the company is apologizing for what it always does but doesn't want users to think about.

 

A 23-page internal Facebook document from 2017, prepared for a major Australian bank and reported on by The Australian, [here] allegedly detailed Facebook's large user base of high schoolers and young people. Moreover, it allegedly described how Facebook can work out when kids are feeling "worthless" or otherwise down about themselves. This is concerning, because it opens the possibility of advertisers leveraging Facebook's massive trove of user data to prey on people's emotional insecurities.

 

Facebook issued a statement in the wake of The Australian's report, clarifying that the document was just research into user behaviour, not a new advertising tool. Facebook also stated that it has a vetting process for research that was not followed in this case. Even so, Facebook makes these presentations so that advertising partners can craft campaigns that work with how people are using the platform.

 

The difference between building a tool to serve ads to young people when they're feeling crappy and telling companies to craft ads that target young people who are feeling crappy seems minor.

 

Regardless, the whole thing fits a familiar pattern for Facebook: some new horror from the bowels of the company emerges, and Facebook apologizes like it somehow doesn't reflect the company's entire business strategy. That is, leveraging detailed insights about people's lives and state of mind (to the extent that can be divined by their Facebook activities)), for a profit motive.

 

Most of us have accepted that being online these days means trading our privacy for targeted services, like Google Maps or Amazon recommendations. But there's been increasing concern that some of these companies, like Uber, are using their detailed insights in a way that disadvantages the user by trading on our cognitive deficiencies. Or, in the case of Facebook's user insight presentation to a bank, our insecurities.

 

At the very least, it's an important reminder that this is all a feature for Facebook, not a bug. The next apology won't make that any less clear.

 

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"When a human being becomes a set of data on a website like Facebook, he or she is reduced. Everything shrinks. Individual character. Friendships. Language. Sensibility. In a way it’s a transcendent experience: we lose our bodies, our messy feelings, our desires, our fears. It reminds me that those of us who turn in disgust from what we consider an overinflated liberal-bourgeois sense of self should be careful what we wish for: our denuded networked selves don’t look more free, they just look more owned." - Zadie Smith

How Our Worlds Are Decided for Us From Behind the Computational Curtain

"Google, Facebook, and others are on their way to privatizing “everything.”. . . By privatizing “everything,” I really mean everything. Love, friendship, criminality, citizenship, and even celebrity have all been datafied by algorithms we will rarely know about. These proprietary ideas about the world are not open for debate, made social and available to the public. They are assigned from behind a private enclosure, a discursive trebuchet that assails us with meaning like rabble outside the castle walls. . . . Our worlds are decided for us, our present and futures dictated from behind the computational curtain." - John Cheney-Lippold

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