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Facebook will soon be able to read your mind

Network confirms to be working on mind-reading technology

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Facebook is in the midst of developing technology which will allow users to communicate user thoughts along, according to The Telegraph.

The company's founder, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook has created a secretive division at the California headquarters dedicated to the research of this technology. 

Zuckerberg has been previously heard describing telepathy as the “ultimate communication technology”, however, the network's use of the facility still remains somewhat unclear. 

Head of the company's experimental technologies division, Regina Dugan, said Facebook was working on “optical neuro-imaging systems” that would allow users to type approximately 100 words per minute directly from their brain, far more than one could achieve using a smartphone manually.

"It sounds impossible but it’s closer than you think,” said Dugan at Facebook's annual developer conference.

It would allow users to type approximately 100 words per minute directly from their brain, far more than one could achieve using a smartphone manually

She said that this technology would allow people to instantaneously send private messages and emails, however the company's research is still in its early stages. Dugan hinted that in the future people may be able to communicate directly to one another using thoughts along, abolishing any language barrier.

“You may be able to share your thoughts independent of language: English Spanish or Mandarin, they become the same,” she said.

Dugan explained that the largest hurdle to this development would be the creation of non-invasive sensors capable of detecting brainwaves.

Zuckerberg is continuously investing in innovative ideas, such as virtual reality, to ensure that the social network remains relevant, despite its almost two billion users. 

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