Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes augmented reality technology could help combat rising climate change concerns. Zuckerberg said that by 2030, people have the ability to “teleport around,” using advanced smart glasses.
According to Zuckerberg, a few decades into the future, people will be able to use smart glasses to teleport to other people’s homes and interact with them as if they are physically present in the location. This will allow in-person meetings to be held virtually.
Mark Zuckerberg believes smart glasses are the answer to growing climate change concerns
How is the ability to teleport via smart glasses going to affect climate change? well, AR-based teleportation would help eliminate the need for traveling both for business and even leisure. Consequently, it could also cut down on the resulting fossil fuel emissions that contribute to climate change.
″Obviously, there are going to keep on being cars and planes and all that. But the more that we can teleport around, not only are we personally eliminating commutes and stuff that’s kind of a drag for us individually, but I think that’s better for society and for the planet overall, too,” Zuckerberg said.
As a huge advocate of AR himself, Zuckerberg believes this technology is a future. He envisions a not-so-distant future where smart glasses will be normal-looking and would provide a user with the ability to see augmented content alongside the real world. Reflecting on the functionality of AR that would break down communication barriers, Zuckerberg said:
“There are going to be all these awesome use cases that come from this….rather than calling someone or having a video chat, you just kind of snap your fingers and teleport, and you’re sitting there and they’re on their couch and it feels like you’re there together.”
The Facebook chief executive’s remarks come at a time when his company is set to release a pair of smart glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban “sooner rather than later” in 2021. Zuckerberg first announced the company’s plans to develop augmented reality glasses in 2017, but that kind of technology is still a ways off.
In January, Facebook Hardware Chief Andrew Bosworth said that true augmented reality glasses will take many years to develop. Bosworth said that the digital overlay technology that is required for augmented reality would come late for the smart glasses. Director of Facebook Reality Labs Research said that AR glasses are “not a 2021 thing. I’m talking about the future.”
via The Information
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