Facebook is Developing a Tool That Could Read Your Brain; and AI Tool to Summarise News Articles: Report

“We are paving the way for breakthrough new experiences that, without hyperbole, will improve the lives of billions,” says Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer.

Facebook plans on developing a neural sensor that could read your mind. This sensor will be able to detect a person’s thought and convert it into action, a report by BuzzFeed says. The report also stated that Facebook is developing another tool – “TL; DR”, that would summarize news articles in points with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) to make it easier for the readers. This is named after the acronym – “too long, didn’t read.”

This report after Facebook held the year-end meeting with its employees. This meeting demonstrated new technology and the company’s plans for 2021. Details about the neural sensor which could read commands from people’s brains were also reported.

“Our investments in technology aren’t just about keeping our services running,” says Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer comparing the speed of the company’s improvements in messaging to the advancement of the COVID-19 vaccine. “We are paving the way for breakthrough new experiences that, without hyperbole, will improve the lives of billions,” he added.

The report noted that the AI tool may also offer audio narration of articles and a voice assistant that will allow users to ask questions about a piece. Schroepfer touted the company’s commitments to AI, which has often been seen internally as a panacea to the social network’s ills.

“Neural signals coming from my brain, down my spinal cord along my arm, to my wrist,” says Schroepfer. This sensor detects and interprets them and allows users to make a physical action. It may also be used for typing, holding a virtual object, or controlling a video game.

The report also stated that the CTO noted that Facebook’s data centres were receiving “new systems” that would make them 10 to 30 times faster and allow Facebook’s artificial intelligence (AI) to essentially train itself.

Another project named Horizon was also talked about. This project aims to be a new virtual reality sort of social media. This would enable users to ‘hang out’ with their avatars in VR. To let the people communicate in different languages, a voice translator and a tech named FaceGen that would enable users to video chat even at low connectivity environment were also mentioned.

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