The future of tech is quite literally in your head.
So Facebook recently acquired CTRL-labs, a start up that specializes in software for controlling computers via the use of your thoughts and movement. The startup has been making waves with it’s breakthroughs in non-invasive neural interference and just back in August, was in the midst of raising a fresh round of capital. Well, it looks like they won’t have to anymore.
Facebook, who acquired the startup for somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion, intends to become a leader in the augmented reality market and the company see’s the emerging field of brain computing as a vital part to achieving its goals in this regard.
Even being impartial though, you’d think “okay, this is no doubt a move directed at boosting the company’s presence in AR and VR technology”, but at the same it raises some question marks. You see, the first thing that comes to mind is “wtf?” and rightly so.
“Here’s how it’ll work: You have neurons in your spinal cord that send electrical signals to your hand muscles telling them to move in specific ways such as to click a mouse or press a button. The wristband will decode those signals and translate them into a digital signal your device can understand, empowering you with control over your digital life. It captures your intention so you can share a photo with a friend using an imperceptible movement or just by, well, intending to.”
Andrew Bosworth, Facebook Vice President of AR/VR
So basically it’s non-invasive because all of this will be happening via a band on your wrist.
At this point you can almost feel how wet Facebook is getting.
Okay I don’t know about you guys but I’m not so sure about giving Facebook access to my brain in such a literal manner. Remember the sh** that went down with Cambridge Analytica?? Are we just going to forget Facebook’s knack for disregarding our privacy and personal data?
While living in a world where you would only need to snap your fingers to turn on Spotify and swipe your fingers in the air to change songs may sound awesome, perhaps i’m simply not ready for the future. Maybe i’m afraid. I don’t care. Did you see Minority Report?!?! No one wants to live in a world like that!
I don’t know what the future holds, but it’s safe to say that Facebook’s ambition is shaping them up to be one of the leaders in this field, and that’s a scary thought.