This week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company was seeking opportunities of making brain-to-brain communication a reality.
Zuckerberg hopes that in the future Facebook users will be able to communicate their deepest thoughts, feelings and emotions without even opening their mouth.
“You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too,”
he added during a recent Q&A session.
But who would want their deepest thoughts, fears and personal views to be shared to just about everyone around with no restraints? Yet, Facebook’s CEO has ambitious plans of granting people a richer communication experience.
A few years ago, the University of Washington researchers and scientists at the Harvard Medical School had also announced similar projects but nobody batted an eye. But when Zuckerberg makes a similar announcement… well… everyone loses their minds.
Some critics had a vision of a Facebook that instantly transposes their deepest thoughts on their wall, while others ranted about the company trying to dig even deeper into their private life.
But that is just Zuckerberg’s dream or vision of building “richer relationships with people we love and care about.” So it may either turn into a dream come true or a living nightmare. But we’ll have to wait and see until then.
However, brain-to-brain communication is not a complete novelty. Scientists had managed to facilitate thought transmission between rodents, between rodents and humans and between humans as well.
A couple of years ago, a research team at the University of Washington managed to manipulate the brain signal of one person into stimulating the motor cortex of another person and command them to press a fire button in a video game.
In 2014, other scientists conducted the first brain-to-brain conversation between two subjects located miles apart. Researchers located in India managed to transmit the words ‘ciao’ and ‘hola’ emitted by a participant’s brain to another person located in France via the internet and with help from brain sensors.
But research in the field is still scarce and requires elaborate settings for experiments to take place.
What Mr. Zuckerberg dreams about is way more complex because it needs to tweak 100 billion nerve cells in the human brain which have more neural connections than the number of atoms in the universe. And it is hard to believe that the machine that will facilitate thought transmission would accurately render what we call human feelings, conscience, and emotions.
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