May 23, 2024
Mark Zuckerberg Hints at Release of Meta's Brain Signal Reading Wearables
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Mark Zuckerberg Hints at Release of Meta’s Brain Signal Reading Wearables

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that the company is making headway on its first “consumer neural interfaces,” which are non-invasive wearable devices capable of interpreting brain signals to control computers.

During an interview with tech entrepreneur and YouTuber Roberto Nickson on April 18, Zuckerberg hinted that the new devices would be wearable on the wrist, using electromyography (EMG) technology to interpret brain signals and translate them into commands to control devices.

Consumer Neural Interfaces

The Meta CEO noted that these devices wouldn’t involve invasive technology like Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain chip, but instead would rely on neural signals from the brain transmitted through nerves to the hand.

This technology, which works by reading neural signals about desired hand gestures, could be used to control glasses or other computing devices.

“We’re still at the beginning of the journey because we haven’t rolled out the first version of the product, but playing with it internally it’s … it’s cool … really interesting to see,” said Zuckerberg.

Integration with AR Smart Glasses

Zuckerberg envisions the neural interfaces working with Meta’s Ray-Ban augmented reality smart glasses, incorporating AI capabilities.

He noted that the “hero feature” of the glasses would be integrating AI to allow for multi-modal interaction using text, voice, and visual recognition.

“We’re close to having multi-modal AI […] so you don’t just ask it a question with text or voice; you can ask it about things going on around you, and it can see what’s going on and answer questions […] that’s pretty wild,” he said.

Privacy Concerns and Legislation

As the technology progresses, lawmakers in the United States are working on legislation to protect privacy in the emerging field of neurotech.

The Protect Privacy of Biological Data Act, which expands the definition of “sensitive data” to include biological and neural data, was passed in Colorado this week.

In other news, Meta has just released a new version of Meta AI, the assistant that operates across the firm’s applications and glasses.

Zuckerberg stated that Meta AI is being upgraded with the new “state-of-the-art Llama 3 AI model, which we’re open-sourcing,” as part of the company’s goal to build the world’s leading AI.


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