Thursday, June 15, 2017
FB dream: type 100 words/minute on a phone with just your mind
At April 19, after the FB presentation about it's secret team "Building 8" working in BCI, the media started publishing a lot of articles about the new FB/BCI revolution.
Facebook revealed it has a team of 60 engineers working on building a brain-computer interface that will let you type with just your mind without invasive implants. The team plans to use optical imaging to scan your brain a hundred times per second to detect you speaking silently in your head, and translate it into text. Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s R&D division Building 8, explained to conference attendees that the goal is to eventually allow people to type at 100 words per minute, 5X faster than typing on a phone, with just your mind.
This presentation was a mix of research and a pure marketing campaign. Of course the technology will grow up in the next years but there are a lot of "technical" barriers that will need time to type a message in your smartphone just using your thoughts. I belive this will be possible and it will be a total user-interface revolution. But, as the cancer cure aim, it needs years of work, doubt and research.