Meta Outlines New Way To Read People’s Minds And Translate Thoughts Into Speech

If you remember, Meta has been keen on taking over people’s minds for a while now. And just when we thought we were safe from the brain chip technology that was once spoken about, there is some more news about how the threat isn’t over just yet.

A few years ago, Meta analyzed all of its options related to computer chip technology and whether or not it could be implanted in the skull. Just the mere thought of it freaked so many people out and we’re no exception.

Thankfully, news surrounding that matter began to dwindle down after the F8 conference that was held in 2017. After all, why would a tech firm be so keen on knowing what goes on inside our minds when they’re already seeing something like that come forward?

Meta knows who shares what and when and how users are engaged most of the time. And that we feel is enough to get the right prediction of one’s psychological makeup. But we feel one day, it might literally replace our minds.

At that time, Meta brushed off the topic saying it was only for research purposes but the fact that so many people were worried meant that they needed to rethink and move in a different direction.

They switched things up a bit and focused on research being restricted to the purpose of medical uses only. Hence, its justification was to provide a cure for brain damage or those suffering from paralysis. This way, people would be able to speak again. Whatever the case may be, it was abandoned and there was no chance of any brain reading moving ahead at that time.

Instead, Meta focused more on its devices like wristband technology that could use the power of electromyography. That assured many of us that Zuckerberg was not after our minds. But wait, there’s more to the story as can be seen in a new report.

Today, the tech giant has come forward outlining some interesting claims. The company is keen to announce that it may have found a new way to read people’s brains. And that includes translating their thoughts into a form of speech. The only difference now is that thankfully, there are no brain implants or chips so there’s nothing to worry about.

Meta was seen providing an example of how the new technique involves the use of particular recordings in the form of EEG & MEG. These come through sensors that are present on the head and are capable of reading brain signals. Later, they can be translated into a form of speech too.

Now, there are plenty of solid results up for grabs because the method has been making head waves as revealed by the firm through its recent blog post.

From brain activity of just three seconds, the results from Meta’s model have proven that it can decode speech with an accuracy of 73% and vocabulary comprising 793 words. This means most of the terms are already in use on a routine basis.

So this means it’s time for us all to be worried again. Meat is definitely after your mind and thoughts with this experiment.

Each year, around 70 million suffer from horrifying brain injuries that leave them unable to speak with words, typing, or simple hand gestures. The lives of billions could possibly improve if researchers work hard toward developing technology that decodes language via brain recordings. And that too, through non-invasive means as Meta explains.

Definitely, there’s a lot of potential that this experiment carries if scientists can prove that they’re right. And we do see this being included as a part of Meta’s VR headset if a success. Hence, Meta might be able to read minds, after all.

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