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It also wants you to ear with your skin.

At its current F8 Developer’s Conference, Facebook just revealed that it is currently working on a technology that would enable humans to type using their brans at a rate of 100 words per minute.

A team of more than 60 scientists and engineers were tasked to make it happen, all part of the research lab Facebook is calling ‘silent speech communications’.

Also part of the new technology is enabling humans to listen through their skin, where it is currently building the right software and hardware needed to make it happen.

“Over the next 2 years, we will be building systems that demonstrate the capability to type at 100 wpm by decoding neural activity devoted to speech. Just as you take many photos and decide to share some of them, so too, you have many thoughts and decide to share some of them in the form of the spoken word. It is these words, words that you have already decided to send to the speech center of your brain, which we seek to turn into text. And unlike other approaches, ours will be focused on developing a non-invasive system that could one day become a speech prosthetic for people with communication disorders or a new means for input to AR. Even something as simple as a ‘yes/no’ brain click, or a ‘brain mouse’ would be transformative,” vice president of engineering and Building 8 Regina Dugan said in a post.

We’ve heard similar concepts in the past, but it is interesting to know that a big company like Facebook is offering total support towards technologies like this. Privacy concerns aside, we’re curious to see how it evolves in the future.

Victor Philip Ortiz
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