Facebook's Secret Projects Unit (Building 8) is Working on Telepathy

Facebook's Secret Projects Unit - Building 8 - is Looking for Ways to Communicate Through Thoughts (Telepathy)


Next-generation technology companies are trying to build the future of communication beyond having our user information. While Google is working on unusual projects with its unit named X, Facebook wants to do the same with Building 8. The job announcements posted by the social networking giant also show plans for a technology that we can communicate via brain waves.

According to various job advertisements posted on Facebook, the social network intends to develop a giant brain-computer interface. This interface wants to find the door of communication between two (or more) people via brain waves (by thought). Facebook's job advertisements also show that engineers are looking for future neighbors, such as neural imaging, electrophysiological data, or haptics (a science that investigates touch-related issues).

The social networking giant, of course, does not give much detail about the projects that are being developed. But the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has a remarkable comment on this issue. Speaking during a question-and-answer session in 2015, Zuckerberg said, "I believe that one day we will be able to transfer ideas to each other in a rich way using technology. You'll think of something and if your friends want it, you can experience it instantly".

Building 8: DARPA of Facebook


At this point it is worth mentioning that Facebook has added a practicing neuroscience manager, Mark Chevillet, at the Johns Hopkins University, to the club, transferring Regina Dugan to Google, who was formerly a manager in DARPA. Furthermore, in December, Regine Dugan announced that Building 8 would collaborate with 17 universities and that Facebook would like to directly access the experience of academics. The 'DARPA-style' tab in Building 8 announcements makes it possible to say that Building 8 is DARPA of Facebook.

The Google Glass project Google X  has not been successful (at least for now), but we can say that Facebook, which buys Oculus Rift, is quiet and deeply working on virtual reality and neuroscience. I do not even think that Facebook can buy one of the small but talented entrepreneurs who work in this field.

* DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is an agency affiliated with the US Department of Defense, responsible for producing new technologies for use by the American military.

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