In a surprise statement, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg recently expressed his thoughts on telepathy and technology. Zuckerberg’s words made me think about something I want to discuss here on the Htet Tayza blog; the limitlessness of technology.
For any of you readers who’ve never watched a sci-fi flick in your lives, ‘telepathy’ is the technical term for mind-reading. It’s where two people send thoughts to each other.
The opening statement of the previous paragraph should tell you all you need to know about the realities of telepathy. It isn’t a reality; the only places telepathy exists are imaginary spaceships where Sith lords fight Jedi Knights and hitchhikers spend their days exploring the galaxy.
Town hall Q&A
Yet there’s one person who doesn’t think that mind-reading will always be confined to the reaches of fictional outer space; Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook creator recently held his latest online town hall Q&A, and he used it as an opportunity to express his opinion on a whole host of technological impossibilities, including telepathy.
According to the Guardian, the billionaire tech mogul said: “One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like.”
Making the impossible happen
Zuckerberg is suggesting that one day we’ll be able to do the impossible, but as the internet entrepreneur has shown before, he’s quite familiar with what it takes to achieve the impossible.
Along with four co-creators, Zuckerberg gave the world Facebook. This is no mean feat; not only did he invent what’s now the world’s most popular social media site, he invented the modern social media site as we know it. If we look back at the pre-Facebook era, there were almost no social media sites around and the ones that were, Myspace, Bebo etc., were basic at best, and have long since faded into obscurity.
Mark Zuckerberg’s words and previous track record has reminded me that when it comes to technology, anything’s possible. If somebody has talent, a good education, a little start-up capital and a world-changing idea, they can turn the fantastical into reality. I have no doubt that someday, somebody will come along who will prove Zuckerberg right; they will create technology that will allow human beings to practice telepathy.