“Introducing brain-computer interface. Now you can type sentences just by thinking.”
The second annual meeting of the annual Facebook Developer’s Conference (F8) in San Jose, Calif. Regina Dugan, senior vice president of engineering at Facebook (chairman of the Firm’s Future Research Center, “Building 8”), is on the stage in the keynote speech. On the opening day of the opening day, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, made a big announcement, saying that Augmented Reality (AR) technology was the future of the company, so the expectation for the second day of the keynote speech was not high.
But Dugan said, “Facebook is developing brain computing technology that connects the human brain to the computer. The day to communicate by thinking only will come in future.” After the demonstration of ‘brain mouse’, in which a disabled person completes 10 words in 1 minute using only brain waves, the floor was bombarded with elastic. It was crowded with the audience that a new era was opened in which people and computers talked with ‘Brain to Text’ technology.
“We have 60 scientists working on the system to create a system that can input 100 words per minute with only EEG, and we will be able to communicate the language not only through brain waves but also through human skin, I will be able to do it.”
Facebook ‘s “brain computing” is different from what Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla said. He recently said he would develop a technology (Neuralink) that would plant a microchip in a human brain and connect it to a computer. Neuralink is implanted in the brain, but Facebook ‘noninvasive research’ differs from Tesla’s idea of using only brain waves without any device in the brain.
“By inserting external devices into the brain, we may not be able to create scale,” Dugan said.
On the second day of F8 keynote address, Facebook focused on explaining the future image of computers. The AR glasses that Zuckerberg announced “under development” was embodied the idea by Michael Abrash a chief scientist at Oculus. He predicted that AR glasses would replace smartphones in the next 20 years. ‘Post smartphone’ is predicted to be definitely glasses.
“Since the iPhone appeared in 2007, smartphones have dominated the world,” said Abrash. “Within five years, the AR glasses will meet the Macintosh moment (a major catastrophic event in the computer environment). Human and machine conversation history that moved from a mainframe to PC and smartphone will shift to glasses in the future.”