For several years, Facebook has been developing a neuro-helmet that allows you to read human thoughts and translate them into commands that a computer can understand. According to the resource BuzzFeed News which the edition refers to The Independent, the company recently held a closed meeting with employees, where they shared some details of this development.

The source got hold of an audio recording of a meeting at which the head of Facebook’s technology department, Mike Schroepfer, spoke. In particular, he explained how the neural sensor of a neuro helmet would translate a person’s thoughts into computer commands, for example, type something on the keyboard, hold a virtual object in a computer game, and so on.

“We have the opportunity to see the future because we ourselves create it”– said Schroepfer. He noted that before showing the product, the company would have to solve a number of issues related to personal information security, which have recently worried society too much.

“We must create a new product with all responsibility to earn people’s trust and the right to further development. It is imperative to do it right so that people worldwide can benefit from these technologies and do not experience any negative consequences from them. “

Rumors that Facebook is developing neurotechnology have been circulating over the past few years. However, until now, any details about this have always been left out. Last year, the company acquired CTRL-Labs, a neural interface startup, for $ 1 billion. Then the head of the development of technologies for augmented reality Facebook, Andrew Bosworth (Andrew Bosworth), said in this regard that the deal “will open the door to new creative opportunities” and “will change the way we use the Web.”

At the time of its acquisition, CTRL-Labs, an American startup, developed a special high-tech bracelet that the company said was capable of reading neural activity from physical gestures and translating those signals into computer commands. Last year, Facebook shared details about a type of brain-computer interface that suggested using a special headset instead of a bracelet.

An early prototype of the Facebook neuro-helmet


An early prototype of the Facebook neuro-helmet

In the article, published in the journal Nature Communications, the company’s engineers explained how the device, relying on artificial intelligence algorithms, can decode brain activity signals and instantly translate what a person is thinking into text. At that time, the created prototype of a non-invasive wearable device could recognize some sets of words and phrases. At the same time, Facebook posted a note on its blog in which it said:

“Imagine a world where all the knowledge, entertainment, and capabilities of modern smartphones are available to you here and now, instantly and without the use of hands.”

During the employee meeting, the company’s executives also talked about the new AI-powered news aggregator that will publish the main news.

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