Return of the Mark

The F8 conference rages on and yesterday, Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s experimental technologies unit, Building 8, revealed that the company is developing a brain-computer interface that allows people to think-to-type at 100 words per minute. Oh, and also technology that lets the skin on your body mimic the function of an eardrum — […]


April 20, 2017

The F8 conference rages on and yesterday, Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s experimental technologies unit, Building 8, revealed that the company is developing a brain-computer interface that allows people to think-to-type at 100 words per minute.

Oh, and also technology that lets the skin on your body mimic the function of an eardrum — so deaf people can hear without their ears.

It’s all part of their 10-year Roadmap

Hmm, not quite as catchy as the “Master Plan,” but it’ll play. At last year’s F8, Mark Z. unveiled a single, 3-stage PowerPoint slide outlining their strategy for the next decade. The highlights read as follows:

Year 3: Facebook

Year 5: Messenger, Whatsapp, Instagram

Year 10: Terrestrial solutions, drones, lasers, artificial reasoning, social VR

Ok, year 3, check. Year 5, looking solid…

Year 10… seems like a bit of a leap

But hey, if Mark can dream it, he can do it.

Building 8’s only been around for a year but they already have deals to collaborate with slew of hospitals, as well Stanford, Harvard, and MIT.

So, while all of this may sound a little far-out, as Dugan put it, “it’s closer than you think.”

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