Mark Zuckerberg talks telepathy in a live Q&A
During a Facebook Live Q&A , the social media boss said he envisions a kind of ‘techno-telepathy’ where people can capture and share thoughts straight from their heads. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg isn’t content with people sharing their every move, photo and relationship status update – now he’s after your thoughts as well.
Describing the evolution of sharing on the internet from text, to photos to video, to live steaming, Zuckerberg thinks that the next step is virtual reality, followed by telepathy.
“What you’re thinking or feeling, in its kind of ideal and perfect form in your head and be[ing] able to share that with the world,” is what Zuckerberg wants to see next, he said, responding to questions from The Washington Post .
“There’s some pretty crazy brain research that is going on that suggests that we might be able to do this at some point” he said at the Q&A hosted at Facebook’s HQ in Menlo, California.
Zuckerberg has previously described telepathy as the “future of communication”.
Before legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld turned up to quiz Zuck later in the Q&A, the Facebook chief talked about research at Berkeley University where scientists could predict what people were thinking based on MRI scans of their brains carrying out different activities.
Zuck also described an experiment he’d read about where a mouse was made to go through a maze, then the imprint of the “maze map” was harnessed from its memory and zapped into the brain of another mouse.
“That’s really far-off. No one’s doing that on humans,” he added, reassuringly.
The Facebook chief admitted that there were ethical questions to be answered before the technology could be workable, though he admitted it’s not something that the social network is working on… yet.
“Having the ability, the raw ability over time, to be able to share a pure thought or feeling – in the way that you want, and give you control over that – 50 years from now, that might not be a crazy thing to think about,” he concluded.
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