Mark Zuckerberg Says ‘Telepathy’ Is Facebook’s Future

Mark Zuckerberg Says ‘Telepathy’ Is Facebook’s Future
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Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg hinted about the future of his social network — telepathy.


In an informal Townhall Q&A session held by Zuckerberg on his own Facebook page, a user asked about what Facebook has in the future. His answer emphasized the significance of communication, which is the center of Facebook’s development. He believes that humans are capable of sending each other their thoughts through technology.

“One day, I believe we will be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You will just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you would like,” he said and described such marvel the “ultimate communication technology.”

He also explained the trends in Facebook that began with being able to share photos and followed by videos.

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“In the future, video will be even more important than photos. After that, immersive experiences like VR will become the norm. After that, we will have the power to share our full sensory and emotional experience with people whenever we like,” he said.

Telepathy is just among the things that Facebook is undertaking, which Zuckerberg hopes will be available in 10 years. He also shared about making connections around the world to save people from poverty.

On Reducing Poverty

“First, we are working on spreading Internet access around the world through,” said Zuckerberg who embraced the idea that is the most basic tool to reap Internet’s benefits, including education, job and communication.

Part of Zuckerberg’s answer was to disseminate information that 2/3 of the world has no Internet access.

“Research has found that for every 10 people who gain access to the Internet, about one person is raised out of poverty. So if we can connect the 4 billion people in the world who are unconnected, we can potentially raise 400 mission people out of poverty. That is perhaps one of the greatest things we can do in the world,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Better Than Humans Artificial Intelligence

Zuckerberg emphasized his research team is focusing on surpassing the functionality of human basic senses: vision and listening, among others.

“For vision, we are building systems that can recognize everything that is in an image or a video. This includes people, objects, scenes, etc. These systems need to understand the context of the images and videos as well as whatever is in them,” he said.

Zuckerberg said further that in listening and language, Facebook is focusing on translating speech to text, text between any languages, and being able to answer any natural question asked.