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Smartphones are great, but they are not the future of communication. Big technology companies know this.

That’s why, with the help of the company that makes Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses, Facebook wants to put artificial intelligence computers on your face, according to a CNBC report September 17.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer, has a well-documented affection for platforms of the future. When he announced the surprise $19 billion purchase of Oculus VR in 2014, he promised the company was getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow. He then opined Oculus had a chance to change the way we work, play and communicate.

Five years later, VR is still far from mainstream. Despite the promise, there has been no discernible clamoring for face-mounted computers.

Two years ago, Facebook broadened it research to include augmented reality. Its Reality Labs opened a campus in Redmond, Wash., and quickly began attracting world-class researchers, developers and engineers. They went right to work on pushing the limits of computer vision, perception science, eye/hand/face/body tracking, and even brain-computer interfaces.

The big idea was to merge the physical and digital worlds with next-generation wearable AI devices.

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