Facebook to read thoughts? Report says secret division may be developing mind-reading device

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Does Facebook have so much power it can throw an election? lilac treeAccording to an article posted at the UK Daily Mail on Thursday, Facebook, the world’s largest social media site increasingly known as the “world’s most dangerous censor,” may be working on mind-reading technology.

According to the Daily Mail:

In April, the site revealed the existence of a new division, known only as ‘Building 8’ which is dedicated to creating ground-breaking products at the intersection of hardware, software, and content.

And a new job advert posting suggests that the mysterious division could be working on mind-reading technology.

Facebook posted the adverts on its job site, which can be accessed by the public.

One advert is for a ‘brain-computer interface engineer’ to work on a ‘2-year B8 project focused on developing advanced BCI technologies.’

The second advertisement, the Daily Mail said, is for a “neural imaging engineer” who will be responsible for “a project focused on developing novel non-invasive neuroimaging technologies.”

“These limited descriptions suggest that Building 8 might be working on monitoring how brain activity changes when looking at pictures or videos,” the Daily Mail added.

Here’s a screen capture of the job listings:

Facebook brain

Shivali Best continued:

Mark Zuckerberg has previously made his ambitions to create a telepathy system very clear, calling it the ‘ultimate communication technology.’

He said: ‘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.’

Of course, this raises a lot of questions and concerns.

As we and others have documented over the years, Facebook has banned users for a number of questionable reasons.  In late November, for example, yours truly was handed a 30-day ban for a picture of an eagle superimposed on a U.S. flag, which the company claimed violated their community standards.  One user was handed a ban after moderators said her profile picture of a lilac tree was pornographic and another user was told a picture of a 2012 Donald Trump campaign button violated rules on nudity.

Imagine what could happen if someone had a thought the site’s moderators didn’t like…

Facebook thought
Could this be a reality on Facebook in the future?



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