How Facebook plans to change our lives
Although they look like science fiction, these advances could be real in less than 20 years. Meet the most ambitious plans of Mark Zuckerberg’s company
Write with the brain
Facebook wants its users to share their thoughts without the need to use a keyboard, which could be feasible in 10 years. This method would be achieved with electromagnetic brain wave sensors capable of detecting voluntary thinking, without going into deeper thoughts. According to the social network, this would make the writing process five times faster.
The company’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, says a prototype of these brain sensors can be ready in 18 months.
Goodbye to the smartphone
The smart glasses which Facebook dreams would connect directly with our mind, learning to distinguish between a series of concrete orders. For example, we could take pictures with an eye movement or look for information on the internet without typing or looking at a screen.
In addition to the lenses, Facebook is also devising other types of intelligent clothing capable of communicating with the brain, such as a vest or a bracelet that sends messages through vibrations on the skin.
The whole world as a screen
With the smart glasses of Facebook possibilities to live in a world of augmented reality would be endless. This is where the emphasis of the company on this technology makes all its sense.
Mark Zuckerberg imagines a world in which we point our cameras to a bowl of cereal and, through an app, we can create small sharks swimming in the milk, or look at the wall of a restaurant and we can see photos and comments that have previously Left other users on their favorite dishes.
The PC as personal assistant
Artificial intelligence is another field in which Facebook has been investing heavily. One step forward will be to make the machines think alone, without a person entering predetermined values.
With this possibility comes the concern of where to limit a computer that knows its user. That is why Regina Dugan, head of future projects for Facebook, plans to form a panel of experts to investigate the ethical and health implications of brain sensors.
Internet for everyone
Facebook wants to make sure that the internet works quickly and without fail for all its users. To this end, the company works on different projects, including an experimental connection system called Terragraph, which would improve internet access in “dead” areas of cities; also invests in the ARIES program to make RF towers in the most productive rural areas, with more antennas instead of more towers. He also experimented with a drone model called Aquila, which would connect the internet to remote rural areas.