Machine intelligence is the future of monetization for Facebook

 That was effectively the only conversation missing from Facebook’s F8 conference — an event that even made time for a progress update on a moonshot project that might one day allow us to hear through our skin. Perhaps that’s the luxury of a company whose advertising revenue is up 57 percent year-over-year. But don’t misconstrue unseen for unimportant. Behind… Read More

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Facebook plans ethics board to monitor its brain-computer interface work

 Facebook will assemble an independent Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) panel to oversee its development of a direct brain-to-computer typing interface it previewed today at its F8 conference. Facebook’s R&D department Building 8’s head Regina Dugan tells TechCrunch, “It’s early days . . . we’re in the process of forming it right now.” Read More

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Talking fiber, drones and open-source hardware with Facebook’s Yael Maguire

 Facebook has been putting lots of resources into improving internet connectivity in rural areas. That may seem like a distraction for the social networking giant, but Facebook takes its mission to connect people pretty literally. To do so, it’s taking a building-block approach that involves many projects that all attempt to solve different issues of this larger technology challenge. Read More

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Facebook’s augmented future could involve brain implants, but it’s not ‘1984’ yet

 Facebook’s augmented reality future may be taking the form of selfie filters today, but in the future, the company wants to let you interact with the world only by using your brain. Read More

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Facebook is building brain-computer interfaces for typing and skin-hearing

 Today at F8, Facebook revealed it has a team of 60 engineers working on building a brain-computer interface that will let you type with just your mind without invasive implants. They also have people working on a way for humans to hear through their skin. Read More

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Facebook is improving the 360 video experience by predicting where you will look

 From the stage of F8, Joaquin Quinonero, Facebook’s Director of Applied Machine Learning, described a new technique the company is using to improve the watching experience for 360 videos. The format is challenging to deliver because of its size, but Facebook is using machine learning to reduce the number of pixels that have to be rendered at any one time. By predicting where a viewer… Read More

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