For a social network like Facebook, it's crucial that users generate as much content as possible. Because only if there is something new and interesting to see regularly, the site is visited regularly. Conversely, if too many users become inactive, it spreads quickly and a social network becomes irrelevant. This happens, for example, at Myspace or here in Germany at StudiVZ. Logically, Facebook therefore strives to make it as easy as possible for users to share content. Against this background, the purchase of the startup Ctrl-Labs is now understood. Because the young company deals with the question of how to control devices only with the power of his thoughts.
A bracelet recognizes the neural signals
A special bracelet was developed for this purpose. In simple terms, it captures and evaluates the neural signals that the brain sends to the hands. Ideally, you just have to remember to post a specific photo and it will appear in the Facebook feed. The technology is still far from ready for the market. However, the acquisition is interesting because it shows in which direction the social network wants to develop in the next few years. But it is also clear: The system should only be used when it works perfectly. Because very few users probably want to take the risk that uncontrolled any pictures will be posted.
The purchase brings with it important expertise
Facebook itself has already undertaken research work in the field of thought control. In 2017, considerations were presented on how users can author and post texts without having to type them themselves. At that time, it was planned to use sensors on the scalp. Implants would be the technically simpler version, but probably should be wanted by the fewest users. Compared with this, the Ctrl-Labs bracelet is the much more elegant and comfortable alternative. That's another reason why Facebook should have cost the purchase a bit. Accurate figures were not published, but the financial service Bloomberg appeals to informed persons and speaks of a sum between 500 million and one billion dollars.
Via: The Verge