Soon, posting a status update to your hundreds of Facebook friends may be as simple as just thinking about it.

Welcome to the mind of Mark Zuckerberg. Speaking via video Tuesday on Facebook Live, the founder said he thinks telepathy is the future of communication--and, presumably, of his own company.

"You're going to just be able to capture a thought," Zuckerberg said, "what you're thinking or feeling in kind of its ideal and perfect form in your head, and be able to share that with the world in a format where they can get that." 

It's the kind of advance that, according to Zuckerberg, is in line with what Facebook wants to accomplish. "A lot of what we're trying to do here is give everyone in the world the power to share exactly what they're experiencing and thinking with anyone else," he said.

It's not the first time he's unveiled this vision. In a July 2015 live chat, the founder responded to a user's question about the future of Facebook with a brief digression into telepathy. 

The idea might sound crazy, but maybe it's not that far-fetched. Back in 2012, scientists at Maastricht University in the Netherlands invented a way for people to type words using only their brains. The system uses MRI to detect movement of blood within the brain: As the user imagines the shape of each letter, a computer analyzes the blood movement and types out the corresponding letters and words. 

Facebook posts via ESP are probably a long way off--fortunately. The last thing Facebook feeds need is stream-of-consciousness posts. And, of course, there are the privacy issues. Zuckerberg said on Tuesday that if this technology came to fruition, users would need to be able to indicate that they want to receive such messages. 

Facebook has upped its involvement in futuristic technology recently. Earlier this month, the company announced the creation of Deep Text, an artificial intelligence system that will be able to read people's messages and understand the meaning behind them. The company's Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets began shipping in March, weeks after a photo of a smiling Zuckerberg strode through a crowd of headset-wearing audience members at a VR conference in Barcelona. (The image prompted critics to describe the scene as something out of The Matrix or as the vision of a future "dystopian overlord.")

For now, Zuckerberg says that Facebook has no plans develop any kind of thought- or memory-transferring technology. Your feed, and your brain, are safe--for the time being.

Published on: Jun 15, 2016