Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for the future of VR
This morning, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, was the host of a live chat in Berlin, and answered with Facebook’s director of AI Yann Lecun, to questions regarding his company investment in artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Zuckerberg was asked why he chose to invest in virtual reality and his reply was: “Our mission is to give anyone the power to express anything they’re thinking about or want to experience.” He also explained the technological progress we did, allows us to communicate in many different forms, but he expects in future to be able to capture and share settings, using “either a headset or a different sort of device.”
He later added: “But just because we have video and photos and text doesn’t mean, in the future, you shouldn’t be able to capture a whole room or a whole setting and see it using either a headset or a different sort of device” and continued: “I’ve been thinking about when my daughter takes her first steps, how I want to capture it. When I took my first steps, my parents wrote it in a book with a pen. When my cousins’ child took her first steps, she took a picture with her camera. And when my older sister’s son took his first steps, she took a video on her smartphone. But when my daughter does, I hope we have a 360 camera that can capture the whole scene, so if my family isn’t there to experience it, I can send it to them afterwards — or it would be real-time enough where I could stream it to them live. They could put on a headset or get a message and feel like they’re really there and experiencing it.”
Zuckerberg spoken his thoughts on video games and VR:
“Last week the president of Indonesia visited Facebook and I gave him the latest tour of Oculus. So we’re standing in different rooms and we start playing ping pong. Okay this is cool, but we could do this in with a normal table, so let’s make this interesting: Let’s dial up and down the gravity. Now we’re changing physics and we’re doing things we couldn’t otherwise do. So we played ping pong in zero gravity, like we’re in space. We’re hitting balls but I don’t hit it too hard because there’s no gravity, it’s gone. The good news is in virtual reality there are always more balls.”
Mark Zuckerberg believes in the future of virtual reality and he is optimistic about this technology, but says it could take up to 10 years to become a mainstream big thing. Here’s what he stated:
“VR is going to need 10 years to become a very mainstream big thing. But we’re committed to this, we have the resources to be able to invest and use these investments across the world to bring the research community into this, and I think this can make a big difference for giving everyone the power to share what they care about and helping everyone share in the opportunities of the internet.”
Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for the future of VR is optimistic we can say. A few days ago he was present in Barcelona, when Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy S7, and looks like Facebook and Samsung will work together to develop and improve this technology. Like and share the article with your friends!