“There’s no rest for the wicked,” goes the old expression. That means Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might be pretty tired these days.
OK, that was harsh. Or maybe not. It depends on one’s position along the line graph from “totally hopped-up techie open to anything” to “neo-Luddite confused by old flip phone.”
What are we talking about? Zuckerberg’s recent townhall Q&A on Facebook, where the CEO waxes about what’s coming next for the social media gorilla.
In the recent one, reports PopSci, Zuckerberg opined:
“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. This would be the ultimate communication technology.”
Facebook is currently feeding you video and working on ever more clever ways to get you to watch ads, but those were decisions reached months ago. Remember, Facebook snapped up Oculus, the company behind a new VR headset, and it wasn’t for nothing, my friends.
“People are gaining the power to communicate more frequently,” said Zuckerberg in his post. “We used to have to be with someone in person. Then we had these bulky computers at our desks or that we could carry around. Now we have these incredible devices in our pockets all the time, but we only use them periodically throughout the day. In the future, we’ll have AR and other devices that we can wear almost all the time to improve our experience and communication.”
But here’s the stuff that will scare the chap with flip phone:
“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,” the social networking pioneer mused. “You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like. This would be the ultimate communication technology.”
Zuckerberg thinks “the power people have to share” is a beautiful thing and he wants to push the pedal to the metal.
Personally, I’d say the folks who read my own Facebook posts probably don’t want to get any closer than they already are. But we can try this. Strap on our headsets and really feel each other’s thoughts and emotions. Laugh together, cry together.
Heads up to Zuckerberg: if this day really comes, my friends list is going to plummet from 1,542 to about a dozen. Max.