Here’s one that should spark no response at all from privacy advocates – at their annual F8 conference, Facebook has revealed that it has a 60 person team working on a new system that will enable users to type by simply thinking of what you want to say.
Yes, Facebook is working on mind-reading.
That means all those status updates you thought about posting but didn’t, now all your connections will know what you actually think.
Well, not really, but that’s where the discussion’s undoubtedly going to lead.
The announcement was made by Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s secretive ‘Building 8’ division which works on their more experimental projects.
Dugan, who’s also a former director of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), explained that their goal is not to read thoughts so much as to provide an easier way to engage in virtual environments - “something as simple as a yes-no brain click”.