As he opened Wednesday’s Oculus developers conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he wants 1 billion people to be using virtual reality.
Zuckerberg spoke about how virtual reality could create jobs for people in economically-suffering areas, because, according to him, being virtually present at a job would eliminate the need to be physically present. This would enable people to work jobs in places far away from where they actually are. So, if you live in New York, you can use virtual reality to work a job in Paris. How crazy would that be?
This is, of course, all theoretical. Zuckerberg didn’t set any timetable for his vision and virtual reality has yet to burst on to the scene in a huge way. However, Zuckerberg has a bigger audience to introduce to VR than a vast majority of other companies considering that Facebook has over 2 billion monthly users. If he incorporates virtual reality into the Facebook experience, there’s a solid chance that it could take off like he wants it to.