Facebook | Google Glass
During a live Q&A session in Bogota, Colombia Wednesday, the Facebook cofounder and CEO was asked by an audience member how he imagines Facebook may look in 10 years, with Google Glass mentioned in the question as one example of how technology is changing. While he didn’t mention Glass specifically in his response, he suggested that Google’s product and smartglasses in general still have a long way to go.
“In another 10 to 15 years, I think we can imagine there will be another platform [beyond mobile],” Zuckerberg said. “We will have something that either we can wear it, maybe it will look like just normal glasses so it won’t look weird like some of the stuff that exists today.”
Zuckerberg compared the current state of augmented reality products like Glass to the evolution of cellphones. “You guys all remember the first mobile phones were terrible. And that’s kind of the stage we are at now with virtual reality and augmented reality,” Zuckerberg said, before touting the potential of Oculus VR, a company that Facebook acquired last year for $2 billion.
These comments were a far cry from two years ago when Zuckerberg reportedly tried on Google Glass at an event and told Google cofounder Sergey Brin that “I can’t wait to get my own.” Then again, Facebook didn’t own Oculus at the time.
Zuckerberg spoke as part of his third monthly Q&A with the Facebook community and in his first outside the country. The CEO was in Colombia for the launch of Facebook’s Internet.org application in the country, which provides access to free basic Internet services like Wikipedia and, of course, Facebook.
Over the course of the hourlong event, Zuckerberg explained why he decided to speak up about the Charlie Hebdo attack (“This was specifically about peoples’ freedom of expression.”) and talked about the “tricky calculus” Facebook does when deciding to operate in a country that has limitations on free speech (“I can’t think of an example in history when a company not shutting down in the face of a law and getting banned helped change that law.”)
He also took issue with what he argued was a media narrative that he singlehandedly made Facebook. “A lot of times, the media makes it sound like one person or a small number of people did something,” he said. “It drives me a bit crazy when people say I made Facebook. Yeah, me and thousands of other people.”
On a lighter note, Zuckerberg responded to a question about his knowledge of Colombia’s culture by revealing his love of Shakira.
“I’m a big fan of Shakira,” he said. “A really big fan.”