Why Facebook wants to read your mind

Publish Date
Friday, 21 April 2017, 8:15AM
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So what's on your mind? Facebook wants to let you post it just by thinking.

The social media giant is researching technology that allows users to control a keyboard and mouse with their brain.

Facebook calls it "silent speech" software, as it will track the brain activity which creates speech, and translate it into written text.

On his Facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg said the project would allow us to communicate at 100 words per minute - five times faster than typing on a phone.

"Eventually, we want to turn it into a wearable technology that can be manufactured at scale," Zuckerberg wrote.ew Zealand technology commentator Paul Spain said brain-typing tech was around but basic.

New Zealand technology commentator Paul Spain said brain-typing tech was around but basic.

He said Facebook was talking about taking it to the next level.

"It's pretty incredible if they can pull it off ... but they haven't pulled it off yet, they're talking about some time in the future," Spain said.

This article was first published on NZ Herald and is republished here with permission.