FEATURE30 November 2015

Telepathy tech

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“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. 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 may sound like a far-fetched idea dreamt up by a child with an active imagination, but when you learn that this was the prophecy of Mark Zuckerberg, it becomes harder to dismiss as fantasy. The Facebook CEO made his prediction during a recent online Q&A session, where he was asked about Facebook’s focus for the future.

Zuckerberg explained that the site was looking to improve on a number of trends within human communication. “People are gaining the power to share in richer and richer ways. We used to just share in text, and now we post mainly with photos, ” he said. “In the future, video will be even more important than photos. After that, immersive experiences like virtual reality 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.”

Added to this, Zuckerberg went on, is the idea that although portable devices give people the power ...