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Beam me up, Mark

‘We should be teleporting, not driving,’ says Zuckerberg

Facebook founder ponders the impact of virtual and augmented reality technology on the future of how people live

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's annual conference, April 18 2017, San José, California. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's annual conference, April 18 2017, San José, California. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes that the social media giant is on the verge of transforming the way people travel, work and live, and also may save the planet while doing it.

Speaking during a surprise appearance on “The Good Time Show,” a talk show on the invite-only Clubhouse app Thursday night, Zuckerberg offered his thoughts on how technology from Facebook’s Reality Labs group, which specializes in augmented and virtual reality, could change the face of human interaction.

“One of the things that [VR] will unlock is the ability to live anywhere you want and be present in another place and really feel like you are there,” Zuckerberg said said according to a transcription of the conversation. “We should be teleporting, not transporting, ourselves.”

Saying that half of Facebook’s staff would be working remotely within five years, Zuckerberg said the new technology “is going to unlock a lot of economic opportunity because people will be able to live where they want and increasingly work where they want and kind of teleport into place.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg watches as Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tries a virtual reality headset while visiting the Facebook exhibition booth during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC, Summit in Lima, Peru, November 19, 2016. (Pablo Porciuncula/Pool Photo via AP)

He added that it might save the planet, as well as saving time.

“I am also pretty optimistic about the impact on climate, in reducing the amount of commuting that people have to do,” he said. “I think the advance in electric cars in reducing emissions is great and exciting, but I tell my team that it is easier to move bits of atoms around so we should be teleporting, not driving.”

The past few years have seen a boost in the development of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies — as well as mixed reality (MR), which integrates both VR and AR and merges the real and virtual worlds, creating new environments and images where actual and digital objects coexist alongside each other and interact in real time.

Tech giants like Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft are all pouring funds and resources into these fields.

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