Facebook's future will blend physical and digital worlds

  • Facebook's future will blend physical and digital worlds

Facebook's future will blend physical and digital worlds

Facebook will hold its F8 conference in San Jose Calif., Tuesday and Wednesday, an annual event the social media platform holds for developers and businesses.

Since the election, Facebook said it is working on different strategies to stop the spreading of fake news on its website, such as making it easier for users to report fake articles or working with third-party fact-checking organizations.

The new Facebook platform is launching in closed beta, and "it's going to take a while for this to develop", Zuckerberg said.

The entrance to the center was getting power washed Monday morning as an estimated 4,000 people show up in the for F8, Facebook's annual developers conference. In his address, he debuted an early version of a new feature that allows users to scroll through features like "face masks", with thousands of options, from creators across the world. "Facebook has the resources to move fast in this area and the audience to spread those features much more widely than Snapchat", Dawson wrote in a brief research note. "Even if we were a little slow to add cameras to all of our apps", Zuckerberg said, "I'm now confident that we're going to put this technology forward". We will wander not one, but two worlds - the physical and the digital - wearing glasses or contact lenses that can summon information about the street we are walking on or the restaurant we are eating in or let us manipulate digital objects that feel real but aren't really there. Zuckerberg did not make this clear but hinted that augmented reality encourages people to look up from their screens and interact with others and find common ground - although for now that experience is still mediated by the smartphone screen. It's all the same technology.

Other Facebook properties like Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus might not be involved in this year's conference as well. Come F8, Facebook might be ready to roll it out to the general public. Since its last developer conference, Facebook has made huge strides in terms of 360 video and virtual reality experiences, now allowing 360 video and photos to be shared on the site.

Facebook is using its new camera tools to launch its own augmented reality platform.

The company's doing that in part with Facebook Spaces, it's new social VR product.

Facebook's new Camera Effects platform will first be available within the Camera feature on smartphones, but eventually it will become compatible with augmented-reality hardware devices, too.

This year's F8 will be the first after Zuckerberg announced his 10-year roadmap for the company. "And people aren't using primitive tools because they prefer primitive tools". It's interesting to think about all of the things we do with our eyes and why our phones don't help us do more of this on camera. He reinforced Facebook's commitment to building community, before speaking briefly about the Cleveland murder video that was uploaded to Facebook.