In case you missed it, Facebook’s annual developer conference started few days back. At the event, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed key details about where the company is going next, specifically focusing on what Facebook is working on in relation to bots, virtual reality, augmented reality, and new communication methods (such as advances they are working on in Messenger).
He also said that key details are going to be revealed tomorrow about Facebook’s “direct brain interface.”
The work comes from Facebook’s mysterious “Building 8 (B8),” which has apparently been working on brain-computer technologies for some time. In their recent call for an engineer, B8 states that they are seeking “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 stated what the ultimate goal of this interface will be. The full quote is below:
Tomorrow, we are going to update you on all of our work on connectivity. We have a team right now in Arizona preparing for our second flight of Aquila, our solar powered plane that’s going to help beam down internet connectivity to people all around the globe, and we’re going to update you on a lot of the other technology that we are building too. You’re going to hear from Regina Dugan about some of the work that we’re doing to build even 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.