Zuckerberg vows work to prevent next 'Facebook killer'

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Facebook wants you to sit in your bedroom wearing a headset and take a virtual vacation with faraway friends and family. Or use your smartphone's camera to spruce up your dinky apartment, at least virtually.

From augmented and virtual reality to next-gen wireless connectivity to brain-control user interfaces (really), today's session felt more like a TED Talk about science-fiction concepts that are already up and running in the lab. Zuckerberg outlined his blurry vision while giving the keynote address at this year's F8, the company's annual developers conference.

Taking on rival Snapchat and building off the popularity of augmented reality game Pokemon Go, Facebook recently launched a camera app within the social media site so users can add filters and effects to their photos and videos.

Even augmented reality has raised concerns about privacy and security because of the geolocation data users are sharing when they blend the digital and real worlds.

He said the nature of work would also change: "In the future, I think that more of us are going to contribute to culture and society in ways that are not measured by economics or traditional GDP".

Facebook also launched a virtual world, called Facebook Spaces, created to let users of its Oculus Rift VR headset hang out with avatar versions of their friends in a virtual world. Over time, the company will release more features that allow developers to create more ambitious applications and experiences, but Zuckerberg believes that developers will be slow to adopt the platform at first.

Augmented reality tools unveiled by Facebook were impressive, but unlikely to reach the hands of users soon, according to Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson. If you have an APP idea, you can apply for access from the Facebook Camera Effects website. These were fine for the time, but what Facebook's talking about is a far more in depth, connected and useful implementation built on top of the Facebook Graph, leveraging the data users have already contributed.

Snap representatives did not immediately respond to an email for comment on Tuesday afternoon. Augmented reality technology is accessible to nearly anyone now.

Jokes aside, Facebook is really hoping this platform takes off. The global market for augmented reality products is estimated to surge 80 per cent to US$165 billion by 2024, according to researcher Global Market Insights.

Facebook announced a new "Discover" tab that allows people to find the bot for Messenger they're looking for in an intuitive and thoughtful way, right from the home screen in Messenger. "This gives people the option to scan Messenger Codes through the Messenger camera and link to their favourite brands and businesses", Facebook said in a statement.

  • Carolyn Briggs