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Facebook Roadmap Eyes AR/VR, Connectivity

Post date:2016-04-13
 F8 debuts Surround camera, Aquila Internet drone

4/13/2016 11:08 AM EDT 

SAN FRANCISCO—Facebook unveiled its 10-year roadmap during its 
F8 developer conference, held here April 12-13. Spanning its app ecosystem to solar-powered satellites for delivering Internet connectivity, the roadmap ultimately ends at artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality.

“Over the long term we’re focused on three major areas—connecting everyone to the Internet, artificial intelligence to make services more intuitive and natural to use, and virtual and augmented reality to help us share and augment the world,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a keynote address.

A large part of achieving this vision relies on connecting people around the world—and getting those people on Facebook or its messenger platform. More than 4 billion people worldwide do not have Internet access due to a lack of availability, affordability, or awareness, said Zuckerberg.

To help solve the availability issue—one-third of the world does not have broadband access, another Facebook official said—Zuckerberg said the company will soon launch a solar-powered drone to deliver Internet connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa. The Aquila aircraft is a separate effort from Facebook’s semi-controversial Internet.org satellite project, but will likely act as an intermediary between ground connectivity and that satellite.

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