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Facebook is working on mind-reading technology, Mark Zuckerberg says

Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that Facebook is currently working on technology that will make it possible for people to directly send their thoughts over the Internet.

The Facebook founder has previously hinted at mind-reading technology, according to the Telegraph. He said that the company is trying to create “direct brain interfaces”. The announcement was made at F8, Facebook’s developer conference, at which Zuckerberg revealed the augmented realitiy (AR) technologies that allow users to superimpose digital objects on the real world using a smartphone camera.

“We’re building further out beyond augmented reality, and that includes work around direct brain interfaces that are going to eventually one day let you communicate using only your mind,” he said.

Regina Dugan, who left Google to work on advanced technologies last year, will speak at F8 on Wednesday evening. She is the leader of a mysterious division inside Facebook that is called Building 8, which advertised for PhD-level roles for jobs like “brain-computer interface engineer” and “neural imaging engineer”.

The ads hinted at Facebook working on telepathic technology that can detect brain waves, decipher them and share them with friends.

In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg talked about telepathy being the “ultimate communication technology”, saying: “One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too, if you’d like. This would be the ultimate communication technology.”

Daisy Wilder