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If Mark Zuckerberg's ability to realise his dreams continues unabated, we will all be communicating via ESP before long.

"One day, I believe we'll be able to send full, rich thoughts to each other directly using technology," the 31-year-old Facebook chief executive told a public Q&A forum this week.

The comment had a mixed reception. Many detractors scoffed but others tipped a future direction for the company.

At the very least, the quip was emblematic of the company's boundless ambition.

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Over the past decade, Facebook has ceased to be just a "social network", adding and honing a never-ending array of features to make itself indispensable to users.

In January, the company expanded beyond the social sphere and officially entered the workplace, launching Facebook at Work, a stripped-back version designed for internal staff use.

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