A Secret Facebook Division Wants to Read Your Mind

January 17, 2017

10:30 am

With technology advancing at a truly unprecedented rate, the line between innovative reality and science fiction has become irreversibly blurred. Whether it’s tablets that can make you feel different textures or wearables that are embedded into your skin, it’s getting harder and harder to decipher the differences between actual innovations and lofty fantasies. And if there’s one company that flirts with this line more than anyone, it’s Facebook, especially when you consider the fact that telepathic social media is on their to-do list.

While recent claims are unconfirmed by the social media powerhouse, a number of publications have done some digging to find that Facebook is currently hiring employees that sound an awful lot like the henchmen of a science fiction villain. Recent job postings listed on Facebook’s Building 8 group website describe a hardware project involving “neuroimaging” and “electrophysiological data” in an effort to develop the “communications platform of the future.” If you’re as unversed in brain biology as I am, these are essentially fancy words for “We want to read you mind.”

In addition to these mysterious job postings, Facebook is also looking for engineers that can help to create “novel non-invasive neuroimaging technologies” and “realistic and immersive haptics experiences.”And while telepathy and mind-reading aren’t specifically mentioned in these postings, previous quotes from the social media company’s CEO make their intentions anything but secret.

“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,” said Mark Zuckerberg in a Q&A in June 2015. “You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like.”

While this technology might seem like the kind of thing James Bond’s boss is worried will “fall into the wrong hands,” this is the logical progression of the innovation landscape. Between artificial intelligence and self-driving cars, a new age of technology is on the horizon. Telepathic software is the logical next step and it will lead to a simpler, more comprehensive tech experience for everyone lucky enough to enjoy it.

So if you are worried about your neighbor stealing your chocolate chip cookie recipe before the bake-off next week with this revolutionary tech, don’t be. If Facebook is only now hiring these people, we’re still quite a ways off from sci-fi level mind-reading you were likely picturing when you read this headline.

H/T IFL Science

Photo: Flickr / Ali Nassiri

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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