Mark Zuckerberg's 4 Predictions For The Future
Mark Zuckerberg made some wild predictions about the future at a recent Q&A session posted on his Facebook page. Some of these include the ability for humans to talk to each other with their minds and using lasers to beam internet access down to Earth.While these predictions are futuristic and may seem like a distant dream to many, scientists at Facebook and elsewhere are working toward a future where artificial intelligence (AI), telepathy, and virtual reality are underway. Therefore it is worth exploring.
1. Virtual Reality
In 2014, Facebook bought Oculus for $3 billion and is planning to release its virtual-reality headset early next year. This is an advanced technology, but Facebook has already started to explore mechanisms of storytelling and communication through Oculus. Zuckerberg believes, the future of this technology is going to be “pretty wild.”
“Our mission is to give people the power to experience anything, even if you don’t have the ability to travel somewhere, or to be with someone in person, or even if something is physically impossible to build in our analog world,” he replied to a question on the maga trend of the future and in the next couple of years, he expects people to share their experiences through virtual reality, just the way they put up their regular pictures on FB.
“This will be incredibly powerful as a communication medium. We’ll be able to capture whole 3-D scenes and create new environments and then share those with people,” he said.
Zuckerberg thinks of a future where we don’t even need to speak to communicate. He believes, technology has already enabled this with messaging, but he expects it to evolve to a point that we can share whole thoughts and full “sensory and emotional” experiences, on telepathy.
“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,” he said.
This, according to him would be the “ultimate communication technology.”
3. Artificial Intelligence
Facebook is currently using artificial intelligence to understand the context of individual posts so that its algorithms can determine the best way to filter them. Over the next 10 years, the social networking major aims to build artificial intelligence systems so that users can see or hear things at a more advanced level. While these will help improve the Facebook News Feed experience, Zuckerberg is expecting artificial intelligence to serve more advanced functions, such as giving computers the ability to describe images to a blind person.
“If we could build computers that could understand what’s in an image and could tell a blind person who otherwise couldn’t see that image, that would be pretty amazing,” he said.
4. Laser Beams
Zuckerberg always desired to offer free internet access to everyone on Earth through Facebook’s non-profit organisation, Internet.org. The company is currently striking partnerships with operators to deliver free basic internet services around the world.
Google also tested high-altitude solar balloons through Project Loon that would sit high above rural areas earlier. But despite these efforts, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population is without internet access, say critics.
In the future, Zuckerberg believes that technological innovation in the form of drones, satellites and lasers will become mainstream. “The idea is that in the future, we’ll be able to beam down internet access from a plane flying overhead or a satellite flying way overhead, and they’ll communicate down to earth using very accurate lasers to transfer data,” he said.
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