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Facebook is working hard on VR and AR

Should we be worried?

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Apr 10, 2021

Some newly released data has revealed that Facebook currently has around 10,000 employees who are working on virtual and augmented reality-related projects.

 

This information was detailed in a study by The Information, which was based on the company’s organizational data. The tech giant’s Reality Labs division has recently been rumored to account for 20 percent of the company’s employees around the globe. Back in 2017, there were roughly one thousand employees working in that division, which equaled less than 5% of the total number of employees.

 

Mark Zuckerberg, the famed company CEO explained during a recent interview:

“We’re primarily a social company. We try to build things that help people interact in all these different ways, from private text messaging to rich videos to photos that you share. The holy grail of social experiences is the ability to feel like you’re present with another person. Nothing that we have in technology today gets close to that with phones or computers or TVs, even video chats. You have technology that allows you to communicate and that can with different fidelity help you see what’s going on with the other person. But there’s just something that’s really magical about the sense of presence and feeling like you’re there with another person”

 

In another interview, he shared:

“I think it really makes sense for us to invest deeply to help shape what I think is going to be the next major computing platform, this combination of augmented and virtual reality, to make sure that it develops in this way that is fundamentally about people being present with each other and coming together.”

 

Is anyone else kind of worried about this leap into VR and AR by a company and platform that has already changed the way we socialize and experience the world today? Not to mention, they have so much of our data too…

 

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