Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed his new plans for the social media giant…one was to utilise telepathy.
When asked what the future of Facebook will look like, Zuckerberg said that he hopes one day users will be able to send each other emotional experiences.
But until that happens, the company plans to focus on developing a few other thing, amongst which will be Artificial Intelligence, because the company believes that more intelligent services will be more useful to consumers.
Zuckerberg said that artificial intelligence will let Facebook learn exactly what posts people are wanting to read, before they know themselves. “Most of our AI research is focused on understanding the meaning of what people share,” he wrote during a questions and answers session.
Zuck says Facebook’s in the midst of building AI systems “that are better than humans at our primary senses.” They’re designing one to be able to detect everything in an image or video: people, objects, animals, backgrounds and locations, among others. If it can understand what’s in an image or video, it could, for instance, tell a blind person what it’s about. The other system they’re working on focuses on language, so that it’ll be able to translate speech to text and text from one language to another, as well as answer questions in conversational lingo. Of course, these AI systems’ most obvious application is being able to surface more relevant News Feed entries for users and giving everyone a new way to consume posts on the site.
The CEO thinks that VR glasses would be part of our every day lives in time, giving us the ability to share “experiences with those we love in completely immersive and new ways.” He also revealed that the company is working on drones, satellites and even lasers to expand its Internet.org project. “The idea is that in the future, we’ll be able to beam down internet access from a plane flying overhead or a satellite flying way overhead — and they’ll communicate down to earth using very accurate lasers to transfer data.”