Facebook wants to “teleport” you…

The Guardian (March 10, 2021):

Facebook sets out plan for ‘effortless’ virtual reality socialising

“Users could effectively ‘teleport’ to connect with friends in more planet-friendly way, says Zuckerberg” (…)

“One approach is to let people control virtual space with hand gestures tracked not with an ungainly camera setup, but with direct monitoring of users’ nervous systems: electromyography, or EMG. “This approach uses electrical signals that travel from the spinal cord to the hand, in order to control the functions of a device based on signal decoding at the wrist. The signals through the wrist are so clear that EMG can detect finger motion of just a millimetre. That means input can be effortless – as effortless as clicking a virtual, always-available button – and ultimately it may even be possible to sense just the intention to move a finger.””

“On Monday, Zuckerberg said he hoped the technological improvement in the sector could even help fight climate change. In an interview with tech site The Information, he imagined a future where “rather than calling someone or having a video chat, you just kind of snap your fingers and teleport, and you’re sitting there and they’re on their couch and it feels like you’re there together.”

““The more that we can teleport around, not only are we personally eliminating commutes and stuff that’s kind of a drag for us individually, but I think that’s better for society and for the planet overall, too.””

We cultural conservatives are like people in go-karts while Big Tech uses F1 racing cars. Maybe time to level the playing field?

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