Mark Zuckerberg envisions a future where you could use AR glasses to "teleport" for in-person...

nanoguy

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Forward-looking: Facebook idea of the future involves using AR glasses and machine learning to project a realistic digital avatar of yourself into virtual meetings with people of your choosing. This vision will require a lot of technological advancements to be made to current display and projection hardware, but Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is confident that AR can become mainstream in a decade, especially if it's not done the way Apple would do it.

Earlier this week, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Apple is not only ready to expand into the mixed/augmented reality space, but also planning to launch three waves of wearable AR products that will cover different use cases. With that kind of outlook on Apple's vision for augmented reality, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is trying to present the social giant's alternative view of how AR should be implemented and where it can have the most profound impact.

During an interview (paywalled) with The Information's Alex Heath and Matthew Olson, Zuckerberg didn't mention Apple by name, but made some remarks that were obviously targeted at Cupertino. For instance, he painted a picture where Apple is a company whose business model is to charge premium prices and create a sense of exclusivity, while describing Facebook as a company that's more interested in serving everyone, a goal that is just as rewarding as it is difficult to achieve in the real world.

To that end, Facebook's Oculus team has taken the task of creating a device that can do both AR and VR, while seeking the right compromises to bring the final price down to around $300 instead of $1,000, which is the rumored pricing for Apple's mixed-reality device.

On the flip side, Zuckerberg says this will most likely be achieved by selling the device at a loss and recoup the costs through an app store. He also explained that the best way to achieve that is to own the operating system and attached app store to "create the kind of social experiences that we would like there to be," another subtle jab at Apple's rigid App Store rules.

Apple doesn't believe VR will be more than a niche technology that will help enhance education and gaming experiences, whereas AR has the potential of becoming part of daily life for a majority of people, just like smartphones.

Facebook's dream future is one where people will be able to use mixed reality tech to "teleport" to other locations for social interactions, both casual and for business purposes. That future is supposedly only 10 years away, and could lessen the environmental footprint of people who would normally need to travel a lot for business or pleasure.

Zuckerberg says that digital avatars will get more realistic over time as the company integrates eye and face tracking into AR glasses, and overlaying information on top of the real world will make communication and searching for information a lot more convenient.

The first version of those glasses will arrive this year without any AR overlay tech. Zuckerberg explains that's because the display and projector hardware isn't small enough to integrate into a normal pair of glasses just yet, so VR avatars are going to be the stepping stone in the development of future AR experiences. He also wants these avatars to reach the kind of quality levels possible through tools like Epic's MetaHuman, but with image capture technology and machine learning that could generate them in a snap.

Otherwise, Zuckerberg confirmed that Oculus will remain committed to VR hardware and is already hard at work on "what Quest 3 and 4 are gonna look like." He shared that Quest 2 has already outsold the first version in the few months it's been out thanks to improved hardware and a $100 reduction in price.

Finally, when asked about Facebook's acquisition of neural interface startup CTRL-Labs and what role its tech will play into making the company's AR dream a reality, Zuckerberg noted the ultimate long-term goal is to build noninvasive tech for input that will be unlike what Neuralink is doing.

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Dimitrios

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Please visit my comment here in around 5-10 years. We have more things to worry about.

Facebook is a crooked business that will get worse as time goes on. EXAMPLES?

1.) Fakebook can make or break anyone that wants to run for president or any future wanna be politician. You better THINK TWICE on what you say on Fakebook because it can bite you in the butt and others will use it as leverage.The highest bidder wins if you get my comment.

2.) They ban people and news agencies that Fakebook doesn't agree with. Me, others, Hollywood stars and small local news agencies and anyone that speaks the truth and if Fakebooks doesn't agree, you're screwed.

3.) Be it Artificial Intelligents or cloning all information will be categorized to a point where that human/robot can access your personal life and can be used for whatever motive that the "thing" wants or the person that controls that "thing." I would say 30-50 years from now.

Fakebook ( for now ) does post who donates to them and most seem to be Democrats and or their family members/friends.

Fakebook & politics will be the future, the skies the limit. Expect them to dip their hands with online schooling and or " distance learning" during pandemics. Google subcontracted out 3rd party agencies that went to our schools in CT, USA and digitially scan every room and hallway and I and fellow workers asked why. They claimed it was for helping firefighters or whatever they said. Truth is Google knew about the virus but it was only happening in China. We also got $130,000 worth of new Chrome books for our schools.
 
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UdyrL

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Please visit my comment here in around 5-10 years. We have more things to worry about.

Facebook is a crooked business that will get worse as time goes on. EXAMPLES?

1.) Fakebook can make or break anyone that wants to run for president or any future wanna be politician. You better THINK TWICE on what you say on Fakebook because it can bite you in the butt and others will use it as leverage.The highest bidder wins if you get my comment.

2.) They ban people and news agencies that Fakebook doesn't agree with. Me, others, Hollywood stars and small local news agencies and anyone that speaks the truth and if Fakebooks doesn't agree, you're screwed.

3.) Be it Artificial Intelligents or cloning all information will be categorized to a point where that human/robot can access your personal life and can be used for whatever motive that the "thing" wants or the person that controls that "thing." I would say 30-50 years from now.

Fakebook ( for now ) does post who donates to them and most seem to be Democrats and or their family members/friends.

Fakebook & politics will be the future, the skies the limit. Expect them to dip their hands with online schooling and or " distance learning" during pandemics. Google subcontracted out 3rd party agencies that went to our schools in CT, USA and digitially scan every room and hallway and I and fellow workers asked why. They claimed it was for helping firefighters or whatever they said. Truth is Google knew about the virus but it was only happening in China. We also got $130,000 worth of new Chrome books for our schools.
...or you could simply not worry about it because you don't post "stuff" on facebook.
 

captaincranky

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We already have the equipment to do that. It's called Jack Daniels.
I think you must be mistaking "Jack Daniels", for, "lysergic Acid Diethylamide".

LSD does have its drawbacks though. As Bob Dylan so famously said, "but the people just get uglier, and I have no sense of time".
 

Avro Arrow

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We do live in a world where money speaks.
That's true enough. The thing is, I just look at him and remeber that he got rich because of Facebook. He's a genius but in the areas of human behaviour and software coding but not in actual technology.

Now, if Lisa Su or Jensen Huang were to say something like this, then I'd be paying attention.