Mark Zuckerberg Talks About Hurricanes and Puerto Rico in Virtual Reality

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Mark Zuckerberg Talks About Hurricanes and Puerto Rico in Virtual Reality

Video two is from the moon.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a staunch believer of Artificial Intelligence, and the world has gotten a glimpse of it several times over the past few years.

"We're looking around, and it feels like we're really here in Puerto Rico", Zuckerberg said.

Facebook is working with the Red Cross to use artificial intelligence to build population maps, where satellite survey of the area will show where people live and the density of the infrastructure, "to help responders figure out where people need help the most".

Merging livestreaming and virtual reality together, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and its head of social virtual reality, Rachel Franklin teleported to the flood-hit Puerto Rico.

Zuckerberg's also sent a team of Facebook engineers to the island to help people get "connected"... which we can only assume means, get back on Facebook. Facebook Spaces - Facebook's new virtual reality platform - was showcased a year ago at the Oculus Connect Conference.

The video begins with Zuckerberg's and Franklin's avatars at Facebook's campus in Menlo Park, California, according to The Guardian. At one point, Zuckerberg enthused, in that affectless but enthusiastic tone he's adopted since getting media training: "One of the things that's really magical about virtual reality is you can get the feeling you're really in a place". Both also went to Zuckerberg's living room to see the Zuckerberg's dog - Beast. Not just the grinning Zuckerberg cartoon, but also a high-five moment between Franklin and Zuckerberg with tiresome scenes around was awkward.

The internet was quick to criticize the PR stunt, as well as defend what Facebook has done for the region-the company has donated $1.5 million to relief funds on top of its connectivity efforts.

Nevertheless, Zuckerberg referenced the company's efforts in activating functionality like Safety Check so people could alert FB friends that they were safe, while also utilizing Community Help feature to help organize aid efforts in Puerto Rico. It's bland, inoffensive, and set in an environment that's more suited to be shown off in Facebook Spaces - and for Zuck's, uh, unique brand of showmanship.

Needless to say, many weren't happy with the use of disaster relief to sell a product.

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