At its yearly F8 meeting, Facebook has worked its arrangements to invest significantly in AI, and virtual and augmented reality throughout the following decade, and also plans on several advances that move it into the biotech industry.
The social network, which is now much more than a social web design, talked about some technical innovations it wants to invest itself into.
Facebook is additionally chipping away at a “silent speech” innovation that would permit people to type their thoughts, without having to use the text option on a phone. Besides, it is also working on a technology which would allow people to “hear with their skin”.
“This isn’t about decoding your random thoughts. Think of it like this: you take many photos and choose to share only some of them. Similarly, you have many thoughts and choose to share only some of them. This is about decoding those words you’ve already decided to share by sending them to the speech center of your brain,” it said in a statement.
In the AI, AR and VR fields, improvements incorporate an AI camera that will have the capacity to understand users’ environment and perceive people, places, as well as things. It will be integrated crosswise over Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger.
It also unveiled another VR camera that takes VR film and “six degrees of freedom (6DoF)” – which means “you can move your head around in the world and see it from different angles”.
Regarding AR, Facebook disclosed new dimensions of augmented reality and virtual processing that goes past the camera, and “enhances your vision and hearing seamlessly” besides being “socially acceptable” to be used anywhere.
“Virtual computing is just starting to form, but it will give us the ability to transcend time and space to connect with one another in new ways,” says Michael Abrash, chief scientist of Oculus Research.
He also highlighted transparent glasses that would, in the long run, overlay virtual images of the world around – it will need to succeed where Google Glass could not.
Mike Schroepfer, the chief technology officer, talked of connectivity to be a way which helps in investing in different technologies to create “building-blocks … which are then used together to create flexible and extensible networks”.