Facebook’s new wearable gestures for the future of computing

How are we send commands to computers in the future? When we finally move beyond keyboards, mice, touchscreens and voice commands, what’s the next step? This month, Facebook hinted at how it envisions the future of human-machine interactions. The company unveiled a wrist-worn wearable concept that can interpret nerve impulses in the wearer’s arm to virtually mimic hand movements and finger tapping. Additionally, we’ve seen a debate on how facial recognition should be used in AR glasses that Facebook plans to release later this year.

For this episode, we’re joined by Steven Levy, editor-in-chief of WIRED, who has written extensively on Facebook for WIRED, and in his book on the company, Facebook: the inside story, which is now available in paperback. We discuss Facebook’s vision for future interfaces, possible applications for these wearable devices, and whether Facebook has gained the public trust necessary to harness people’s brain signals.

Show Notes

Steven’s book is now available in paperback. Read Lauren’s story on the wearable wrist concept unveiled this week. Read our original article on the Facebook portal launch, as well as Adrienne So’s story of how she learned to love the device during the pandemic. BuzzFeed News reported on Facebook internal meeting on AR glasses and facial recognition at the end of February.


Steven recommends Tom Stoppard: a life by Hermione Lee. Lauren recommends activating the hand washing timer on your Apple Watch. Mike recommends the Showtime series City on a hill; The second season begins March 28.

Steven Levy can be found on Twitter @Steven Levy. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snack. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar keys.

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