Facebook Hones in on Mind Control
Facebook has recently announced that it has acquired a startup focused on neurotechnology. This company is called CTRL-labs, which has been working on a wristband that can decode the nerve impulses, essentially decoding brain signals.
In 2017, Facebook told us that they had plans to create a computer to brain interface that would allow people to send messages to each other using just their minds. They said it would most likely be a wearable device, probably to the wrist. This looks like why they have acquired CTRL-link, as in 2017 the technology wasn't around very much.
This is CTRL - link's device that straps to your wrist to read the brain signals.
'We spend a lot of time trying to get our technology to do what we want', Andrew Bosworth, Facebook's vice president of AR and VR (augmented and virtual reality).
Facebook hasn't said how it plans to use CTRL-labs, nor have they told us how much they bought them for. Although, Facebook also owns Oculus (a virtual reality company), who they bought in 2014 for $2.3 billion. So, chances are they paid well, I would guess around $500 million - $750 million, but I'm no businessman.
In July 2019, a group from the University of California San Fransico, funded by Facebook, worked with volunteers who already had electrodes placed on the surface of their brain. The group used machine learning to be able to learn the 'sound' of responses to questions, and 'decode' the contents of the brain's transmissions.
Let's hope they don't start breaching our brains, just like they do with some of our personal information!.