Facebook co founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says we will be plugged into the Matrix within the next five decades.
He believes that the social networks of the future will be powered by telepathy where people will be able to beam their thoughts and emotions directly onto the internet, in a world he described as “straight out of the Matrix”.
He also claims that computers will soon be able to read our minds and beam our thoughts straight onto Facebook.
During a Q&A session, Zuckerberg traced the evolution of online communications from text to photo to video to live video, predicting that virtual reality would be next.
He said that he dreams of a sort of techno-telepathy in which people will “capture” and “share” their thoughts and feelings directly from their heads.
The Sun reports:
Many of us might think there’s something nightmarish about a world where we’re all plugged into the matrix.
But the billionaire has made his money from persuading huge numbers of people to drop their privacy shields and share every tiny aspect of their lives with friends, strangers and advertisers on Facebook.
“I think you’re going to be able to capture a thought [and take] what you’re thinking or feeling, in its kind of ideal and perfect form in your head and share that with the world,” he said whilst discussing predictions of the future with the Washington Post.
He said there was already “crazy” scientific research underway which could help his dream become a reality.
Zuck said government researchers had already worked out how to remove the memory of solving a maze from one rat’s head and then implant it in another rodent’s noggin.
“Then that mouse, without ever having been through the maze, was able to go do it.
“That’s just straight out of the Matrix, right?”
He also discussed an experiment at Berkeley University in which researchers “can predict what you’re thinking about” by carrying out an MRI scan.
If this all sounds terrifying, then you might take a little solace from the fact Zuckerberg has at least thought about the implications of technology which allows humans beings’ mind to be read like a book.
And he appears to have decided that it’s best just to perform this super-creepy task effectively.
“There are all these ethical questions and all these interesting questions about how you do that well,” he added.
Currently, Facebook isn’t planning to try and read users’ minds.
But Zuck thinks telepathy could be a reality within 50 years.
If the human species survives that long, we could be living in a very scary world indeed.
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