Facebook says it is working on technology to allow us to control computers directly with our brains.

It is developing “silent speech” software to allow people to type at a rate of 100 words per minute, it says. 

The project, in its early stages, will require new technology to detect brainwaves without needing invasive surgery. 

"We are not talking about decoding your random thoughts,” assured Facebook's Regina Dugan. 

"You have many thoughts, you choose to share some of them. 

"We’re talking about decoding those words. A silent speech interface - one with all the speed and flexibility of voice." 

Ms Dugan is the company’s head of Building 8, the firm’s hardware research lab. The company said it intends to build both the hardware and software to achieve its goal, and has enlisted a team of more than 60 scientists and academics to work on the project. 
杜甘女士是脸书公司旗下名为Building 8的硬件研发实验室的负责人。脸书公司表示,他们打算通过同时研发硬件和软件实现这个目标,而且公司已经招募了一个由60多名科学家和学者组成的团队来开发这一项目。

On his Facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg added: "Our brains produce enough data to stream four HD movies every second. 

"The problem is that the best way we have to get information out into the world - speech - can only transmit about the same amount of data as a 1980s modem. 

"We're working on a system that will let you type straight from your brain about five times faster than you can type on your phone today. 

"Eventually, we want to turn it into a wearable technology that can be manufactured at scale. Even a simple yes/no 'brain click' would help make things like augmented reality feel much more natural. 

"Technology is going to have to get a lot more advanced before we can share a pure thought or feeling, but this is a first step." 

Other ideas detailed at the company’s developers conference in San Jose included work to allow people to “hear” through skin. The system, comparable to Braille, uses pressure points on the skin to relay information. 

“One day, not so far away, it may be possible for me to think in Mandarin, and you to feel it instantly in Spanish,” Ms Dugan said.