Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

What Mark Zuckerberg's Q&A told us about the future of Facebook

zuck.jpg

We finally learnt something from a Facebook post. 

No, not that conspiracy against UFO hunters your friend Gareth keeps posting links to (why are you even still friends with him? You've not met in eight years and even when you knew him he made you uncomfortable) - something far more insightful.

On 30 June, Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his own social network to answer anyone's questions for an hour

Amidst the predictable shit storm of spam comments and illegible insults, a crop of queries - some from general punters, others from famed names - provoked some interesting responses from the 31-year-old entrepreneur. Here are some of the most thought provoking exchanges from the hour-long Q&A.


Facebook has big VR plans in store

VR

Hardly surprising when the company spent $2 billion acquiring the virtual reality tech group Oculus - but Zuckerberg's thoughts on VR revealed a little more of what the company has in mind for their fancy face mask.

"...we're working on VR because I think it's the next major computing and communication platform after phones," Zuckerberg said in response to Jenni Moore's question about what Facebook was planning for the next 10 years. "In the future we'll probably still carry phones in our pockets, but I think we'll also have glasses on our faces that can help us out throughout the day and give us the ability to share our experiences with those we love in completely immersive and new ways that aren't possible today."

So, expect a Facebook version of Google's ill-fated Glass? And on the topic of sharing experiences...


Facebook AI wants to know everything about you

There are two ways you can read into Zuckerberg's comments on what his plans for Facebook's AI systems mean for users.

One is with the same friendly, "wouldn't it be great if..." attitude that Zuckerberg presents it with. The other is from the point of view of someone who's spent too much time watching Terminator films and has a computer-free bunker in their garden. 

Facebook

While there won't be anything deeply sinister about Facebook collecting this sort of information on its users (it already does, to some degree), it might leave some feeling a touch uncomfortable about just what the social network does with this data - like selling it to advertisers.


Zuckerberg thinks we're going to be able to share emotions digitally

Charles

In a moment of grand speculation, Zuckerberg hypothesised that the next logical step after immersive experiences like VR have become the "norm", we'll start working on technology that allows us to "share our full sensory and emotional experience with people whenever we'd like". 

"One day, I believe we'll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You'll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you'd like. This would be the ultimate communication technology."

There's a strong possibility Zuckerberg's ideas stem from one of the titles he's recently picked for the Facebook 'A Year of Books' group: The Player of Games by Iain M Banks concerns a future civilisation in which communication technologies far surpass our current ideas of computers and social media. 


Zuckerberg wants to define human social relationships with a mathematical law

In a curious collision of the fields of social sciences and theoretical physics, a question from the legendary Stephen Hawking saw Zuckerberg hint at just how he thinks we might be able to understand and define human relationships...

Zuckerberg

Heart warming stuff. 

(Images: Facebook, Rex)

Related

Tinder-Chat.png

Are You An Online Dater? You Might Have Been ‘Catfished’

game1.jpg

The 6 biggest questions facing gaming

shutterstock_122598247.jpg

What's Worse - Snorting Coke On The Tube Or Filming It?

mail.jpg

Who won the internet this weekend: This Insane Man On A Motorbike Or P

twitter3.jpg

Is Twitter About To Crash And Burn?

twitterplay.jpg

Twitter Set To Be A Lot More Like Facebook

Comments

More

Everything we know about the new Nokia 3310

The brick is back

by Matt Tate
24 Feb 2017

The not-at-all creepy future of Tinder, according to its boss

Dating meets Pokemon Go

by Matt Tate
24 Feb 2017

Instagram's latest update lets you group up to 10 photos in a post

This actually looks like a great new feature

by Matt Tate
22 Feb 2017

This might be the greatest Rocket League goal ever scored

They think it's all Rover

by Gary Ogden
20 Feb 2017

Crash Bandicoot: the greatest game I ever played

As its PS4 return is announced, one writer salutes one of the best platformers of them all

by Ryan Young
17 Feb 2017

TFL has been tracking you on the tube and the data is fascinating

Catnip for the tube heads

by Dave Fawbert
15 Feb 2017

20 Things You'll Only Understand If You Owned A Nokia 3310

14 Feb 2017

The Nokia 3310 is getting a relaunch (yes, really)

The return of the King

by Gary Ogden
14 Feb 2017

The new iPhone looks like it's going to have wireless charging

A huge move from Apple

by Dave Fawbert
13 Feb 2017

Things no one wants to hear on social media

We need to establish some house rules

by David Cornish
10 Feb 2017