Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Fast Forward

Mark Zuckerberg On Your Mind? Facebook Exploring Telepathy

Mark Zuckerberg has already gotten billions to sign up for Facebook, but the tech king might have a greater ambition: reading your mind. The social media giant has now set its sights on a breakthrough that would allow people to type on their phone – with no hands, and based on signals from the brain.

Regina Dugan, a scientist heading up the effort, said the new technology would be revolutionary, if and when it hit the market. She told a conference of developers Wednesday that it would give users “the ability to text a friend without taking out your phone or the ability to send a quick email without leaving the party.”

She added that such tech could be possibly integrated with translation programs to facilitate communication across languages. “One day, not so far away, it may be possible for me to think in Mandarin and for you to feel it instantly in Spanish.”

So, how far off is the breakthrough? Bloomberg described the brain wave initiative an initiative for the “very long term.” And Dugan acknowledges that things could go awry. “If we fail, it’s going to suck,” she said.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.