Future-Facebook Will Be Able to Read Your Mind

Because keyboards, ugh. They just really get in the way.

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Facebook has come a long, long way since its genesis in 2004. Throughout all the changes, good and bad, there's been a thread of algorithmic smarts. Facebook wants to learn how to show you only what you want to see. It's already gotten pretty decent at that, but Mark Zuckerberg sees it going so, so, so, sooooo much further.

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While responding to a question in one of the periodic "Town Hall" Q&A sessions Zuck occasionally holds on Facebook, he highlighted the broad strokes of his perfect future for Facebook. A future that includes just beaming your thoughts around to friends and family.

One day, I believe we'll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You'll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you'd like. This would be the ultimate communication technology.

As wild as it sounds, Facebook's already done a decent job of laying the groundwork, at least as well as modern-day technology allows. Facebook's algorithms—though secret and mysterious —can already do a pretty good job of filtering nuggets of info for you, essentially learning to read your thoughts insofar as figuring out what you like. And Facebook-owned Oculus will undoubtedly go a long way to helping people share not only pictures and words and videos and sounds, but actual spaces that you can explore and interact with. It's not quite "thoughts" or "memories," but it's a step in that direction.

Ultimately, the question is whether or not it'd be worth the price to opt in. It's already easy to freak out about how much Facebook knows about you from the things you type, the things you share—even your pictures that don't clearly show your face. Yet if it were possible to send an entire thought to someone you love 10 years from now, that would be an impressive feat and extremely powerful tool for communication. The catch? Future Facebook gets its grubby little paws all over that thought, too.

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