Zuckerberg taps VR to detail relief efforts in Puerto Rico


The social-media giant enabled its Safety Check feature and community assistance features in Puerto Rico, a disembodied cartoon avatar of Zuckerberg explained, adding that the company was working with the Red Cross to construct satellite imagery to help direct volunteers and aid workers to different parts of the island.

In a video posted to his account, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg joined by the company's head of social virtual reality, Rachel Franklin, toured a devastated Puerto Rico as they essentially sold Facebook's products. The presentation was actually hosted from Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, with the two wearing VR headsets.

From inside Facebook's Frank Gehry-designed headquarters in Menlo Park, California, the two made a decision to "check out this interesting 360 video", as Zuckerberg described it, of the devastation in Puerto Rico.

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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. "There's a lot of people who are using Spaces.to do interviews and Q&As in VR, and to go places that it wouldn't be possible to necessarily go or definitely would be a lot harder to go in real life", he said on Facebook Live. Moreover, they also announced the creation of population maps using Artificial Intelligence (AI). Moreover, it will help people determine their location and density in those places.

"When you are in the middle of a disaster like this, it's really important that people have access to the internet", he said, noting it's useful in communicating with loved ones.

It's not really clear the point of this platform, except that it's sort of like Google Hangouts, Skype, or any other video-chat program, except that instead of seeing who you're talking to, you see their cartoon avatar.

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"This street is really flooded", added Zuckerberg. Facebook Spaces - Facebook's new virtual reality platform - was showcased a year ago at the Oculus Connect Conference.

Next, the duo chose to "teleport" back to California to promote Facebook's upcoming Oculus Connect developer conference by showing off a 360-degree video from last year's event.

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