April 15, 2016
“Give everyone the power to share anything with anyone.”
So said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on April 12, in describing Facebook’s 10-year plan. His optimistic vision includes virtual reality projects, drone-based internet access, and artificial intelligence bots that fulfill our digital desires.
But his message also had a not-so-silver lining:
[A]s I look around and I travel around the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward — against this idea of a connected world and community … I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others, for blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade and, in some cases around the world, even cutting access to the internet.
In turn, a spokeswoman from the Trump campaign said: “I think I’ll take Mark Zuckerberg seriously when he gives up all of his private security, moves out of his posh neighborhood and comes live in a modest neighborhood near a border town, and then I’m sure his attitude would change.”
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