Facebook has 60 people working on how to read your mind

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 20/04/2017 15:39

Decrying how addictive and attention-sapping smartphones have become was an unexpected way for an executive at Facebook, a company that profits off your attention, to open a talk. But that’s exactly how Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s innovation skunkworks Building 8, started her presentation at the company’s developer conference F8 on Wednesday.

Smartphones have been a powerful force in the world but they have had some “unintended consequences” she said.

“[The smartphone] has cost us something. It has allowed us to connect with people far away from us too often at the expense of people sitting right next to us,” she said. “We know intuitively and from experience that we’d all be better off if we looked up a little more often.”
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/19/facebook-mind-reading-technology-f8

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