Q&A: The Future According To Mark Zuckerberg

Highlights from the Facebook founder’s in-depth Q&A

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Last night Mark Zukerberg – the man behind something called ‘Facebook’ – answered questions on the social media platform on everything from the future of Oculus Rift to free Internet for all.

Here are the talking points.

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On the ability to transfer money via Facebook: 
“We’ve already started rolling this out as part of Messenger. You can send money to someone just like you’d send them a photo… We’re going to roll this out more widely soon, and it’s an area I’m very excited about expanding over time.”

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On the status of Oculus Rift:
"Our mission [is] to give people the power to experience anything… This will be incredibly powerful as a communication medium as well… Just like we capture photos and videos today… We’ll be able to capture whole 3D scenes and create new environments and then share those with people as well. It will be pretty wild."

On how much bandwidth it takes to keep Facebook operational:
“It takes many terabits per second of bandwidth and many hundreds of thousands of servers!”

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On how many hours he works a week:
“No more than 50-60 hours a week. But if you count all the time I’m focused on our mission, that’s basically my whole life.”

On the future of offering 'free' Internet connection through Facebook subsidiary Internet.org: 
"We want to bring Internet.org to everyone where there are people who need to be connected. We’re starting off by prioritising the countries with the most unconnected people and by working with network operators and governments who are most excited about working with Internet.org to get everyone online in their countries."

On whether Facebook hinders face-to-face communication skills:
“Tools like Facebook help people communicate mostly with people who aren’t directly around them. It’s great to be able to do that since I wouldn’t have good opportunities to stay in touch with those folks otherwise."

On where to apply for a job at Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/careers

Sadly, due to Zuckerberg’s schedule, questions on whether he’d ever been to Morocco, the possibility of a ‘dislike’ button and his ability to perform backflips remain unanswered.


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