The recent California-based Oculus conference revealed a little bit more about Facebook's secret plans to compete in augmented reality with AR's own handheld devices. Although we know that Facebook has worked on brain interfaces, new statements in the halls of the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto describe in more detail what Mark Zuckerberg has planned when AR interfaces can be controlled by the mind.
During a recent internal meeting The company was asked by Zuckerberg how Facebook would react to developments in the area of brain interfaces carried out by Elon Musks Neuralink. Neuralink uses an invasive connection to the brain that allows users to control their devices with their thoughts. The question asked by one employee specifically related to how such developments could affect Facebook's AR and VR prospects.
"Brain-to-computer interface is an exciting idea.The area quickly branches out into two approaches: invasive and non-invasive. Invasive Things That requires surgery or implants, but has the advantage of actually being present in your brain Non-invasive means that you are wearing a band or getting some optical light and a sense of circulation in certain areas of the brain in glasses, and you get less signal from non-invasive ones, "Zuckerberg said in an audio recording from "The Verge." "I'm very excited about the brain-computer interfaces for non-invasive users: we hope we're able to record just a few bits, so you can do something by looking at something in AR and clicking with your brain That's exciting … Or a dialogue comes up and you do not have to When you use your hands, you can just say yes or no sa
At this point, Zuckerberg begins to ponder the practical mechanisms with which such brain-controlled interfaces function before returning to the central issue.
"I think as part of AR and VR we will have hand interfaces, we will have voice, and I think we will have just a bit of direct brain … but we will go non-invasive and it's really exciting how much progress we make, "said Zuckerberg. "We're focusing more on – I think we're all focused on non-invasive methods. [laughter] We're trying to make AR and VR a big deal over the next five to ten years." Zuckerberg's answer is any response to another question addressed to him during the meeting regarding AR and VR brain interfaces and user privacy. The same employee asked Zuckerberg, "What do you think about privacy in a world where we can capture buying intentions and place ads through a direct brain connection?"
Oh, in the midst of all the jokes of Zuckerberg about invasive and non-invasive brain interfaces Essentially, he seems to be avoiding the privacy issue altogether (based on the transcript).
However, this is a particularly important issue given Facebook's data privacy and the incredibly invasive nature of putting on smart AR glasses not only records your location and your choice of content, it also provides insight into the AR cloud in what you see in real time.
As soon as this dynamic is further intensified by brain-computer interfaces, the abuse potential seems to be even greater in the face of Fakebook's story. Will users trust Facebook's future AR Smartglass, let alone its brain interface? We'll probably soon find out about Oculus Quest as the company adds hand tracking and other interface enhancements to the VR device.
If a feature works in VR for Facebook, it's likely to be incorporated into the company's future AR smartglasses. Therefore, it is probably time to take a closer look at Facebook's VR search engine for mapping the virtual world, as this is the best indication of what the company's AR lens will focus on over the coming months and years becomes.