Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the future of the company lies in AI, connectivity and VR.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out a 10-year plan to connect the world at their conference in San Francisco yesterday. Zuckerberg’s sweeping address was laden with some political tones at times as the company lay out their plans to grab billions of dollars down the line. They aim to reach the planet’s 7 billion people “” half of whom do not have Internet access. And he took very direct aim at those who would limit free trade and immigration.
The theme of the keynote was basically to give everyone the power to share anything with anyone. Zuckerberg positioned Facebook as the unifying force in the current climate of political upheaval and diverseness. His detailed plan is to bring people together through an ambitious strategy of unfurling technology that jumps borders and crosses cultures, a polar opposite to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has advocated building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and banning Muslims from entering the U.S.
“œAs I look around the world, I‘m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against the idea of a connected world and a global community. I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as “˜others.‘ I hear them calling for blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, for reducing trade, and in some cases even for cutting access to the internet.”
The politically charged keynote laid out Facebook’s plan in three clear pillars: Artificial intelligence – which will help Facebook better sift through and understand all the photos, videos and updates people post to Facebook; Connectivity – the goal of making Facebook and the internet available everywhere and to everyone through lasers and drones; Virtual and augmented reality – which Zuckerberg says one day will bring friends together even if they are on other sides of the planet through a pair of “normal-looking” glasses that can overlay digital elements on the physical world and become “the most social platform.”
The Facebook CEO ultimately gave a very altruistic view of the company’s, and his own, vision of the future. Not everyone buys it though. In February, India dealt a major setback to Facebook’s plans to use Free Basics service to deliver a limited version of the Internet that included Facebook, at no cost. The company still has to win many hearts and minds across the globe. Watch the keynote below.