For those of us who worry that Facebook may have serious boundary issues when it comes to the personal information of its users, Mark Zuckerberg's recent comments at Harvard should get the heart racing. Zuckerberg dropped by the university last month ostensibly as part of a year of conversations with experts about the role of technology in society, "the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties." His nearly two-hour interview with Harvard law school professor Jonathan Zittrain in front of Facebook cameras and a classroom of students centered on the company's unprecedented position as a town square for perhaps 2 billion people. To hear the young CEO tell it, Facebook was taking shots from all sides--either it was indifferent to the ethnic hatred festering on its platforms or it was a heavy-handed censor deciding whether an idea was allowed to be expressed. Zuckerberg confessed that he hadn't sought out such an awesome responsibility.
Facebook is developing technology that could soon make it possible to read your mind. CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed how the Silicon Valley giant is researching a'brain-computer interface' in an interview with Harvard law school professor Jonathan Zittrain, according to Wired. In the near future, this system would allow users to interact with augmented reality environments using just their brain - no keyboards, touchscreens or hand gestures required. Facebook is developing technology that could soon make it possible to read your mind. CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed how the firm is researching a'brain-computer interface' The concept that Zuckerberg envisions would allow users to navigate menus, move objects in an AR room or even type words with their brain.
Mark Zuckerberg has a lot on his mind, and he's ready to go off-script... sort of. The Facebook CEO returned to his alma mater Wednesday to discuss Facebook and the numerous issues facing the platform. Zuckerberg joined the head of Harvard Law's Berkman Klein Center for internet and society, Jonathan Zittrain, for the chat. The talk was the first of several that Zuckerberg plans to host, making good on his 2019 personal challenge "to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society," which Zuckerberg announced in January. The two engaged in an earnest and even jovial hour and forty five minute conversation about issues like democracy, privacy, surveillance, misinformation, and more.
Some technologists are exploring implanting chips with powerful AI in the human brain to create superhuman capabilities. "You won't need to memorize anything" anymore, said Nikolas Kaironos, CEO and founder of Fountech.ai, in an interview in the DailyStar. You could ask a question in your head, such as how to say something in French, get the information from the AI implant, "then be able to say it," he said. Fountech helps companies integrate AI into their businesses. Its work includes the Soffos project, which uses AI to try to deliver new learning experiences, tailoring content and methods to the individual.
Facebook created a test to see if you could "hear" language through your skin. It looks like just another beige office park building next to a dental office in Menlo Park, California. Yet Building 8, across the street from Facebook's main campus, houses the social network's biggest bets on out-there products. The tech industry has a term for what people inside Building 8 work on: moonshots. Think potentially groundbreaking projects that could reshape Facebook's long-term future and even how all of us communicate.