Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of gadgets that let humans read each other’s thoughts and communicate with brain waves may be moving closer to reality.
A secretive new research division that Facebook created last year is developing “brain-computer interface” technology that sounds a lot like the telepathy of science fiction movies.
Several recent job postings listed by Facebook’s Building 8 group describe a project involving “neuroimaging” and “electrophysiological data” to create a “communications platform of the future.”
A position is currently open for a brain-computer interface engineer with a Ph.D. in neuroscience who can help with a related project from “inception to product” over a two-year period. Another listing seeks an engineer who can “develop audio signal processing algorithms” for a “communication and computing platform of the future.”
Facebook declined to elaborate on the job listings, but a 2015 comment from CEO Zuckerberg suggests that the company could indeed be working on some kind of brain-controlled, telepathic communication device.
“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,” Zuckerberg said during a June 2015 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.”
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