Facebook unveils AR software and confirm plans for futuristic 'mind control' map

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, April 18, 2017. (Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled the Tech giant’s first augmented reality system – and confirmed reports that a ‘mind control’ interface is being created.

As he appeared at Facebook’s annual F8 Developer Conference in California, he announced the ‘second act’ in Facebook’s camera development – a platform that will allow developers to create AR apps in a bid to take on Snapchat.

He also briefly mentioned Facebook’s plans for the future, and confirmed that development is underway on a revolutionising computer interface that is capable of ‘mind reading.’

‘We’re building further out beyond augmented reality, and that includes work around direct brain interfaces that one day will let you communicate using only your mind, although that stuff is pretty far out’, he said.

But his attentions were primarily focused on the unveiling of Spaces, a new Beta app that has been developed for the Oculus Rift.

The app is billed as a ‘virtual’ manifestation of Facebook, allowing users to create a personalised avatar before interacting with friends.

Facebook ‘Spaces’ is now available in Beta (Picture: Facebook)

Describing the app, Facebook’s Social VR head Rachel Franklin said: ‘Spending time with friends and family creates many of our most meaningful memories, but it’s impossible to always be physically near the people we care about.

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‘That’s where the magic of virtual reality comes in.

‘Today, we’re introducing a new VR app where you hang out with friends in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room.’

 

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