Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, predicts that in the not-too-distant future, brain-reading equipment will be mainstream. Some of these could even be placed inside of a person’s body as implants.
“The idea is to someday make it so that you can think something and manipulate something in virtual or augmented reality,” he stated, speaking to Dr Joe DeRisi and Dr Steve Quake of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub.
In order to accomplish this goal, the social media company recently completed the acquisition of CTRL-labs. A couple of weeks ago, the acquisition of the neural interface company was successfully completed. According to estimates provided by Bloomberg, the sale is worth between $500 million and $1 billion, making it Facebook’s most significant acquisition since the company paid $2 billion in 2014 to acquire Oculus VR.
The mind-reading bracelet developed by CTRL-Labs is the product for which the company is most known. It is able to convert the electrical impulses coming from the brain into the appropriate format for the computer. Additionally, the company is working on an armband that would perform the same function by monitoring impulses from the spinal cord and the action of the muscles.
According to Zuckerberg, in the not-too-distant future, individuals will use such devices to control other devices with their thoughts. Those who have physical restrictions, however, such as a deficiency of motor neurons, will be required to have the device implanted.
“I have enough brain capacity in my motor neurons to potentially control another extra hand, it’s just a matter of training that, and then they can pick up those impulses off of the wrist,” said Zuckerberg. “It’s just a matter of training that.”
However, if your capacity to translate what is happening in your brain into motor function is restricted, you will need to have something implanted.
When it comes to the creation of this kind of technology, there are, of course, obstacles that need to be conquered. It should go without saying that inserting foreign objects into the body has a number of potential health hazards. However, technologies like wearables and implantables offer the ability to enhance one’s quality of life. This is especially true for individuals who have limited bodily or speech capabilities.
Once the CTRL-labs transaction has been finalised, the company is expected to combine operations with Facebook’s Reality Labs as part of the strategy. The division of the firm responsible for the creation of augmented-reality glasses is located here. There has been no mention of a time frame regarding any of this; nonetheless, we can anticipate a moment in the not-too-distant tomorrow when brain reading wearables will be commonplace.
In point of fact, there are already several devices on the market that are capable of intercepting your brainwaves. They are external to the body, have the ability to interpret EEG waves, and are presented in the form of biofeedback headphones. This includes the meditation-enhancing apps Muse 2, Thync, MindWave, Unyte, and Flowtime, all of which are utilised most commonly by users for the purpose of deepening their meditation practice.