Will You Allow Facebook And Zuckerberg To Read Your Mind?

Caroline Diana - Author

Jun. 15 2016, Updated 9:56 a.m. ET

If Mark Zuckerberg could have his way, you will soon stop seeing the ‘What’s on your mind?’ entry box on your Facebook profile page.

As ‘sharing’ is the key, the social network site’s founder wants people to access your thoughts and feelings even without your posting a status update.

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Zuckerberg’s obsession in the past few years has been telepathy— and he wants people to experience this through Facebook. This means Facebook in the near future might have access to your thoughts, feelings and emotions.

“You’re going to just be able to capture a thought, what you’re thinking or feeling in kind of its ideal and perfect form in your head, and be able to share that with the world in a format where they can get that,” Zuckerberg explained in a live video Q&A broadcast from his Facebook page.

“There’s some pretty crazy brain research going on that suggests we might be able to do this at some point,” said Zuckerberg according to a report by The Guardian.

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Zuckerberg says Facebook thinks big and beyond virtual reality (VR).

“What I think we’re going to get to… past VR, is a world where more than just being able to capture what’s going on in a scene, I think you’re going to be able to capture a thought, what you’re thinking or feeling, in its kind of ideal and perfect form in your head and be able to share that with the world,” the Telegraph quoted Zuckerberg.

This may sound like a science fiction, but considering what young Zuckerberg has achieved in the last decade, telepathy via Facebook wouldn’t come as a shock to the social media users.

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Zuckerberg shared the same view last year during a Q&A session, in which Stephen Hawking and Arnold Schwarzenegger participated.

“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,” said Zuckerberg, according to a report by Hacked.

“You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too, if you’d like. This would be the ultimate communication technology,” explained Zuckerberg.

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According to CNET, Zuckerberg has been actively funding research that involves brain research.

In 2014, researchers at the University of Washington proved the efficacy of human brain-to-brain communication system. According to CNET, scientists Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco demonstrated a system that lets one brain remotely send signals to another brain, moving the receiver’s hand.

“The new study brings our brain-to-brain interfacing paradigm from an initial demonstration to something that is closer to a deliverable technology,” co-author Stocco, a research assistant professor of psychology and a researcher at UW’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences told CNET.

Zuckerberg is also excited about artificial intelligence (AI). At a recent keynote in San Francisco this year, Zuckerberg stressed the need for AI technologies.

“I think advances in AI can help save peoples lives. Facebook is open-sourcing its AI tools. We can all make progress together,” he said, according to a report by CNET.

In January, Zuckerberg said his personal challenge for the year was to build a software-powered helper to lend a hand around the house—something along the lines of Jarvis from Iron Man.

In an effort to offer better user experience, Facebook recently unveiled Surround 360, an open-source camera rig for shooting 360-degree video. This rig enables the viewer to get a panoramic view of the object or place. The viewer can look up, down and all around in a scene.

[Photo by Eric Risberg/ AP Images]


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