Following a surprise appearance in the recently held Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had described that the use of virtual reality is the new wave of the future. Aside from that, he has also spoken the company’s desire to map the world and also identify human activity that is lacking in connectivity. Said social networking giant plans to bring Internet access to remote parts of the world with the use of artificial intelligence.
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Plans to Bring Internet Access Across the Globe With the Help of AI
As of the moment, Facebook is already involved in a project using a solar-powered drone. With said device, the company aims to beam Internet signals down to remote areas around the globe. This new system of mapping could be used in conjunction with the drones to deliver give the signals to a wider area.
Facebook’s Tobias Tiecke stated in a blog post about the idea and he explained that the company was using satellite access and imagery to map where human activity is. With the assistance of a computer, they are able to spot and then log where man-made structures are located. He said in the blog post, “Ten percent of the world’s population lives in areas of the world where connectivity is simply not available; connecting these often remote and rural areas will require the development of new wireless communication technologies and platforms.”
Since the talk from the social-networking giant’s founder went with the idea of virtual reality being the next social platform, it could be just a matter of time when the world would become smaller as we know it. It is his belief that VR headsets will one day become the social hubs of the future. Users would gather around in order to connect with friends and family in an easier and better manner, even when the other party is halfway around the world.
Facebook already bought the Oculus Rift for 2 billion US dollars back in 2014, and it may only be a matter of time wherein the VR headset will deliver more social apps aside from being heavily marketed for virtual reality games. Also, Samsung and LG are amongst the technology giants that announced their own 360-degree cameras during the MWC 2016 event. Their devices can even be used to create virtual reality videos. LG in particular even showcased a VR headset that will connect to their latest smartphone, the LG G5, which was also crowned to be the best of device of the show in said event.