The Future of Facebook Is Straight Out of Science Fiction

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 8:41PM
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 8:41PM
The Future of Facebook Is Straight Out of Science Fiction
If you already thought Facebook was a scary tech corporation bent on world domination, just wait until you hear what they have planned for ten years from now. The company's stated goal is to connect everybody on the planet, and the way they plan to do it sounds like it could have been pulled from the works of Isaac Asimov. 

Speaking to USA Today, Facebook's Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer reveals the three main branches of technology the company is focusing on to achieve their goal. "We're not doing these three things because we think they're cool," Schroepfer says. "We're doing them because we think they are THE most leveraged ways to solve connectivity." So what are Facebook's "three things"?

The first has to do with providing internet to the world's 2.5 billion inhabitants who don't currently have access. How do they plan to do this? By using solar-powered drones that will beam the internet to those who need it. Sounds about right.

The second part of Facebook's plan involves Artificial Intelligence (of course it does), and using the AI as "tools" that will help people manage their online experience. Schroepfer says the goal here is to get people to interact with Facebook by conversing with it, rather than clicking and typing. He never says that we'll be conversing with creepy humanoid robots, but we're just going to assume that that's the case.

And the final stage of Facebook's plan is to use virtual reality in ways that turn communication into lifelike, immersive experiences. Remember, Facebook spent two billion dollars to acquire Oculus Rift maker Oculus VR, and it looks like they have big plans for their investment. Schroepfer even goes so far as to compare the upcoming virtual reality experience to teleportation. 

So imagine a Facebook where you tell your AI friend you don't want to see any baby pictures while teleporting to a secluded village in the Amazon. It might sound a little scary, but it also sounds like a much cooler experience than what we have now.

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