Talking about Brains, Hardware, and Privacy with Facebook’s Andrew Bosworth

Facebook does not have the best maintenance record user The data private. So when he revealed a few weeks ago that he was working on a prototype laptop who would interpret neuroelectric signals, people had questions. The wearable, which is still just a concept, is designed to be worn on the wrist, where it can read a wearer’s nerve signals through their skin and translate them into device commands. It’s an idea straight out of science fiction, and could actually come in handy in VR and AR applications. But why is Facebook, with its vast portfolio of software, seriously working on hardware like this? How much more “connected” should we all be to Facebook apps? And should we trust the company to handle our data responsibly?

This week on Gadget Lab, we interview Andrew Bosworth, Vice President of Facebook augmented and virtual reality and the bigwig behind this portable prototype. We press him on Facebook’s intention to create material, on how that material can shape social interaction, and on whether ubiquitous connected technology – especially one steeped in algorithms – can really have any impact. neutral value nowadays.

Show Notes

Learn more about Facebook’s wrist phone here. Read Lauren’s story on how the internet won’t let her forget here. Read Mike’s review of the VacOne Coffee Air Infuser here. Read Boz’s blog here.


Boz recommends Hexclad pans. Lauren recommends Nomadland, which you can watch now on Hulu with a submarine. Mike recommends the second season of the podcast Cocaine and rhinestones.

Andrew Bosworth can be found on Twitter @boztank. 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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