Yes, seriously, Facebook is working on enabling humans to control computers … with their brains. Your brain runs on electricity, why not fuse it with the electricity running your technology? What could possibly go wrong? What they’re working on is called “silent speech software”; a more comfortable way of saying “controlling machines with your mind.”
It’s straight out of a sci-fi movie, yet technically attainable. Silent Speech Software will let us type 100 words a minute, without having to type As Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently explained, “Our brains produce enough data to stream four HD movies every second. The problem is that the best way we have to get information out into the world – speech – can only transmit about the same amount of data as a 1980s modem. We’re working on a system that will let you type straight from your brain about five times faster than you can type on your phone today.”
It’s still in early development, and the goal is to harness your brainwaves without requiring invasive surgery. The endgoal is a piece of wearable technology, instead of a chip in your brain. “We are not talking about decoding your random thoughts,” Facebook’s Regina Dugan assures us. “You have many thoughts, you choose to share some of them.”
Dugan runs Facebook’s secretively named “Building 8,”which is the company’s “hardware research lab.” Right now, 60 brilliant academics and mad scientists are employed there, striving towards creating the hardware and software it needs to achieve this goal of brains controlling computers without keyboards or speech.