Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Shares Vision for Virtual Reality: “Incredibly Powerful”
Appearing remotely from California to a Parisian crowd on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared his vision for the future of virtual and augmented reality.
Virtual reality – computer-generated 3D environments that can range from startling realism to abstract wonderland – has been on the verge of being widely accepted for years without ever really taking off.
Facebook was so impressed with the first demonstrations of the Oculus Rift in 2012 that it bought the company for $ 2 billion. It launched the Oculus Quest 2 headset for $ 300 last October.
Describing his vision for augmented reality, Zuckerberg says:
“If I can’t get to Paris, you’ll have a Mark hologram sitting on the couch next to you, or I’ll have a Maurice hologram sitting on my couch here in California.”
“And when I want to show you what’s the next version of Quest or the augmented reality glasses we’re working on, I can just snap my fingers, and here’s a hologram version of it.” And I can give it to you, and you can touch it and you can put it on and feel it. You know, if we want to play a game, we can just snap our fingers here’s the game.
“So it’s going to be incredibly powerful.”
The social network introduced a new feature called Facebook Shops in May 2020. It’s a place where businesses can create a single online store that customers can access on Facebook and Instagram.
Asked by Viva Technology co-founder Maurice Levy on whether the platform was meant to compete with e-commerce giant Amazon, Zuckerberg said, “I don’t think we’re breaking Amazon yet. “
Asked about his experiences over the past year and the coronavirus pandemic, Zuckerberg said there was a silver lining – spending more time with his two young daughters.
“They are five and three years old now. It was nice. You know, I think they’re used to us not traveling at this point. So when we get back to traveling and working I think they’re going to be a little confused about what’s going on. But it was really nice just to be there and watch them grow up and spend more time with them, ”he says.
Viva Technology opened on Wednesday and will run through Saturday.
The event features a range of successful speakers, including Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft’s Brad Smith, although many appear virtually. Last year’s rally was canceled due to the pandemic.