AI, bots might dominate Facebook's 2017 F8 developer conference

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His speech comes while Cleveland police search for Steve Stephens, who authorities allege murdered 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. and broadcast it on Facebook, Fox News reported.

Though the conference is lined up with developer sessions, workshops, and hands-on sessions but the highlight of this two-day event are the 90-minute keynotes by Zuckerberg each day.

As in the past, Mark Zuckerberg is expected to start with his keynote address and launch fresh products besides explaining the future of the company.

Facebook's other big challenge is to deliver more services and features to its existing users so they spend more time during the day in Facebook's world and, therefore, see more advertisements.

Indeed, Facebook itself has already flagged those plans for less flashy but perhaps more practical bots that are more like information providers than conversational partners - "more structure, less conversation", as Mikhail Larionov, an engineering lead for Facebook's Messenger Business and Platform team, wrote in a recent blog post.

The conference runs from today until tomorrow, Wednesday, April 19th, and a complete schedule of events can be found here.

Facebook will hold a session on Places Graph, which allows developers to use Facebook's location.

"Instagram's mission is to help people connect through shared experiences".

AR as it is simply known is going to take centerstage this year.

With 1.9 billion users, Facebook is coming up against the natural limits of its growth. In March, Facebook took things a step further and introduced Facebook 360 for Gear VR. Last year's F8 conference focused on the Messenger app and 360 cameras that could be used for virtual reality videos. Conference sessions will be focusing on topic such as, "Camera", "Virtual Reality", and "Weapons of Mass Creation". Originally a paid service, the Slack competitor of sorts now works on a freemium model in which users pay to use certain features.

There will be a session on Camera Effects Platform, a tool that will allow developers to create and submit frames.

Fans and developers can be assured that Facebook will not disappoint this time around either.

  • Arturo Norris