Mark Zuckerberg laid out his 10-year road map at the F8 Facebook developers conference and hinted at some of the projects in the works at the social media company. It’s either genius or madness.
Cameras, Zuckerberg said, were really the first augmented reality platform. Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist of Oculus Research, shared his vision for the path to full AR.
“Virtual computing is just starting to form, but it will give us the ability to transcend time and space to connect with one another in new ways.” – Facebook for Developers
Yup. He said we will be able to transcend time and space.
The vision included a pathway to make the smartphone obsolete by replacing it with… glasses. Remember Google Glass? It seems Facebook’s thinking the same thing: a way to visually overlay images and data on the RW (real world for you less hip).
“AR has the potential to enhance almost every aspect of our lives, revolutionizing how we work, play and interact.” – Facebook for Developers
The next step would be typing with your brain. Call it “silent speech.”
“Specifically, we have a goal of creating a silent speech system capable of typing 100 words per minute straight from your brain – that’s five times faster than you can type on a smartphone today.” – Facebook for Developers
Facebook thinks it’s possible to do this and share only the thoughts you want shared. They plan to crate non-invasive, wearable sensors that can not only read your mind, but differentiate between private and public thoughts.
If you think we’re having battles about ad tracking and privacy now, just wait until Facebook can read your mind.
Facebook also says it is developing a way to let people hear through their skin.
So, summing it up: Type with your brain. Listen with your skin. See it with your eyes (or glasses). Like I said, genius or madness.