In response to a question about Facebook’s future, the 31-year-old CEO posted, “First people are gaining the power to share in richer and richer ways. We use to just share in text, and now we post mainly with photos. In the future video will be even more important than photos. After that, immersive experiences like VR [virtual reality] will become the norm. And after that, we’ll have the power to share our full sensory and emotional experience with people whenever we’d like.”
Zuckerberg continued, “One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like. This would be the ultimate communication technology.”
Zuckerberg did not share how close into the near future will Facebook users be able to interact via telepathic communication, but he did say, “Our lives improve as our communication tools get better in many ways. We can build richer relationships with the people we love and care about.”
One of the most recent attempts of telepathic communication occurred last year. Researchers at Harvard University were able to demonstrate how technology can be used to transmit information from one person’s brain to another’s, even if the individuals are thousands of miles away.
According to AFP Blogs, participants wore a wireless, internet-linked electroencephalogram or EEG, and would think a simple greeting, like “hola” or “ciao.” A computer would then translate the words into a code presented by a series of 1s and 0s. Once created into a code, the message was emailed from India to France, and delivered by way of a robot to the receiver.
Researchers wrote, “We anticipate that computers in the not-so-distant future will interact directly with the human brain in a fluent manner, supporting both computer- and brain-to-brain communication routinely.”
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