“Imagine a time in future when you will not have to use your hands for typing, your brain will do it for you and your skin could hear quite a well!”
Yesterday, At F8 Day 2, Facebook took the lid off of Facebook’s Brain Controlled Device project that was being undergone the process of experiment furtively in its Building 8 Research Lab for quite a while. This Brain-Computer Interface is still in its initial stage, and according to Facebook, they have to go further more to put this idea into reality and develop Facebook’s Brain Controlled Device that will likely to let the people type with their brain and along with a device that will make their skin hear.
By far, this seems the most mind-boggling futuristic plan that Facebook has come up with in Facebook F8 this year. Regina Dagan, who is the head of Facebook Building 8, loosened her lips and hinted towards their aim of evolving the idea into something like yes-no brain click. This will be the most simple form of human brain-computer interface.
Moreover, she emphasized that in present time, this is nothing but an imaginative idea of Facebook’s Brain Controlled Device, but she with her dedicated team will get off with it with flying start. She alludes to the technology as brain mouse for AR, hinting her aim to turn the technology into a device that could get the input directly from human brain activity.
As a matter of fact, this must not be a fancy flight of the tech behemoth Facebook because, in the meanwhile, we got to see some surface work had already been done by the Facebook university research collaborators like UC Berkeley along with John Hopkins. Besides this, the technical lead of Facebook, Mark Chevillet shares his words,
“They’re all held to the same standards as the NIH or other government bodies funding their work, so they already are working with institutional review boards at these universities that are ensuring that those standards are met.”
Facebook aims to turn the idea of Facebook’s Brain Controlled Device into practicality by using the optical neural imaging technology that would scan the brain hundred times a second to obtain the thoughts and transform it into the text. On the other hand, the company is also evolving a braille-like technology that would make the people hear through their skin. This would transform the sound into some haptic feedbacks that will be learned by the people like braille. In simple words, the software would capture sound waves and then convert these waves into frequency packets and send them directly to the brain via the skin.
With these ideas in the pipeline, Facebook directs us to the future where keyboards and mouse are nowhere to be used for giving inputs or even not the voice assistants are seen to play their part for quite a long time in the future. It would be just thoughts that would wonders, whatever you think, would be typed on your screen. But, how we would be able to limit the data we want to share? This is a million dollar question about Facebook’s Brain Controlled Device. It would be interesting to see how Regina Dagan with her team of sixty plus scientists would develop such a brain-computer interface that would also address the concerns of privacy and data sharing limits to the extent I’m comfortable with.