Would you share your mind over social media
Having recently acquired virtual reality company Oculus VR, Facebook has certainly been looking ahead lately with its investments in technology that is likely to transform the landscape of immersive entertainment and online social interactions over the next few years.
Asked about the company’s future during an online Q&A session recently however CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that over the long term the way in which people will communicate over social media is going to change so much that it will barely be recognizable.
Of particular interest was his idea of a future in which people will be able to transfer memories and experiences to one another directly using a brain to brain interface.
“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,” he said. “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.”
“We used to just share in text, and now we post mainly with photos. In the future video will be even more important than photos. After that, immersive experiences like VR will become the norm. And after that, we’ll have the power to share our full sensory and emotional experience with people whenever we’d like.”
Whether Facebook users will be keen to directly transmit their innermost thoughts and experiences to another person’s brain over the Internet however remains to be seen.