Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine

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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.


Mark Zuckerberg wants to build a 'brain-computer interface' that can read your THOUGHTS

Daily Mail

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.


7 takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg's long discussion at Harvard about Facebook

Mashable

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.


Facebook's Building 8 takes its own moonshots

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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.


'He's learned nothing': Zuckerberg floats crowdsourcing Facebook fact-checks

The Guardian

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg revealed that he is considering crowdsourcing as a new model for Facebook's third-party factchecking partnerships. In the first of a series of public conversations, Zuckerberg praised the efforts of factcheckers who partnered with Facebook following the 2016 presidential election as a bulwark against the flood of misinformation and fake news that was overtaking the site's News Feed. "The issue here is there aren't enough of them," he said. He continued: "I think that the real thing that we want to try to get to over time is more of a crowdsourced model where people, it's not that people are trusting some sort, some basic set of experts who are accredited but are in some kind of lofty institution somewhere else. It's like do you trust? Like if you get enough data points from within the community of people reasonably looking at something and assessing it over time, then the question is: can you compound that together into something that is a strong enough signal that we can then use that?"