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Facebook Just Bought a Brain-Computer Interface Startup
« on: September 25, 2019, 12:24:04 PM »


Facebook just acquired mind control interface startup CTRL-labs for a sum that may have approached a billion dollars, according to Bloomberg.

The startup was developing a special bracelet that allowed users to control virtual avatars with brain activity alone ó a new category of input device that doesnít rely on a keyboard or mouse. Bloomberg suggested that Facebook may one day pair the tech with either augmented or virtual reality glasses.

Facebook has been working on its own brain-computer interface for a number of years now. First announced at its F8 conference in 2017, the non-invasive wearable device is meant to one day allow users to type by simply imagining themselves talking.

But CTRL-labís bracelet isnít quite as ambitious as that. It technically isnít able to read your thoughts ó it rather detects tiny electrical impulses from muscle fibers in, say, your arm, and translates those signals into movement on a screen.

The acquisition sheds light on the substantial difficulties in developing a brain-signal reading device that doesnít require invasive surgery.

It also comes at an interesting regulatory moment. Attorneys general in a number of U.S. states announced earlier this month that they are opening antitrust investigations into Facebook ó something that is bound to keep acquisitions like this one under critical observation.

READ MORE: Facebook acquires neural monitoring startup CTRL-labs [Engadget]

More on Facebookís brain-computer interface: Zuckerberg: Facebook is Building a Machine to Read Your Thoughts
I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why youíre here. Youíre here because you know something. What you know you canít explain, but you feel it. Youíve felt it your entire life, that thereís something wrong with the world.
You donít know what it is but its there, like a splinter in your mind


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