Facebook embarks on efforts to build a metaverse

| October 29, 2021

Facebook is rebranding itself based on a new vision. They want to create a “disruption” in current social media technology through the construction of the metaverse. One of the features of metaverse involves people interacting with each other in a “virtual reality” setting. They also want to expand on the services that they offer to assist people with their lives and business.

From CNBC:

“Our hope is that within the next decade, the metaverse will reach a billion people, host hundreds of billions of dollars of digital commerce, and support jobs for millions of creators and developers,” Zuckerberg wrote in a letter on Thursday.

Over the past few years, the company has ramped up its efforts in hardware, introducing a line of Portal video-calling devices, launching the Ray-Ban Stories glasses and rolling out various versions of the Oculus virtual-reality headsets. The company has indicated that augmented and virtual reality will be a key part of its strategy in the coming years.

The company also said this week it’d spend about $10 billion over the next year developing the technologies required for building the metaverse.

Zuckerberg on Thursday provided a demonstration of the company’s ambitions for the metaverse.

The demo was a Pixar-like animation of software the company hopes to build some day. The demo included users hanging out in space as cartoon-like versions of themselves or fantastical characters, like a robot, that represent their virtual selves. Zuckerberg used part of it to accuse other tech firms of stifling innovation with high developer fees.

Zuckerberg said a lot of this is a long way off, with elements of the metaverse potentially becoming mainstream in five to 10 years. The company expects “to invest many billions of dollars for years to come before the metaverse reaches scale,” Zuckerberg added.

“We believe the metaverse will be the successor to the mobile internet,” Zuckerberg said.

Additionally, Meta announced a new virtual reality headset named Project Cambria. The device will be a high-end product available at a higher price point than the $299 Quest 2 headset, the company said in a blog post. Project Cambria will be released next year, Zuckerberg said.

CNBC has more details here.

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KoB

“They want to expand on the services they use to get into people’s lives and their business.”

There! FIFY!

Anonymous

Zuckerborg is all about control.

Anonymous

Yup, it ain’t the name it’s Zuck that’s the issue: https://www.yahoo.com/news/facebooks-problem-isnt-brand-mark-100000666.html

26Limabeans

It’s like trying to change Columbus Day. Ain’t gonna happen.
Same same Tappan Zee Bridge.

MarineDad61

26Limabeans,
And how many are now stiffing NY on Tappan Zee Bridge tolls,
since the toll lanes were removed
for overhead all electronic tolling??

The brain trust of the Pennsylvania Turnpike
used the 2020 Virus to eliminate ALL toll booth attendant jobs,
convert ALL tolling to overhead or side EZ-PASS detectors,
and begin a “toll by mail” for those without EZ-PASS.

Well guess what??
Obstructed license plates (bike racks, spray on dirt),
and (of course) anyone driving stolen vehicles
or anything with stolen or bad plates,
or no trackable home address,
and voila,
they are (ab)using the Pennsylvania Turnpike FOR FREE.

Now this…..
[September 23, 2021
Senate committee tackles $104 million deficit
in uncollected Pa. Turnpike tolls –
Sixty-five percent of invoices for unpaid tolls are from Pa. drivers;
Ohio and New Jersey follow, an official told a Senate panel]
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/senate-committee-tackles-104-million-deficit-in-uncollected-pa-turnpike-tolls/Content?oid=20243059

Hatchet

Thanks for the warning. Good to know the World is about to get Zucker’d a second time…

Hatchet

A bit dated but I like what this gal had to say about Cuomo and the Tappan Zee bridge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzTDJ5aVcu4

Rather a shame she was one of those folks at Trump’s Washington debacle..

Jeff LPH 3, 63-66, ARNG 75-77

I’m not on facebook, twizzler or any of those social media sites. Am only on the TAH site.

26Limabeans

No big loss Jeff. They would probably ban you for making pun of people.

Forest Bondurant

Same here.

ChipNASA

I’ll just leave these here for all of you, courtesy of Frankee Cee.
He made these for me, talented guy that he is. They get quite the workout. I’m sure he’s be delighted if you shared them far and wide as well.

https://imgur.com/YEzTZYq

https://imgur.com/Jga5nr9

George V

So, Facebook’s subsidiary Instagram has been found to adversely affect the mental health of teens and young adults, particularly young girls. Facebook’s algorithms have been directing information to people which generates more anger, stress and tension.

What could be more beneficial to the human race that for people to spend all their spare time sitting in a chair, wearing virtual reality headsets and earphones, totally immersed in a computer generated artificial world OPERATED BY FACEBOOK!!!!

This will end well, fer sure…

Oh, and 3 seconds after startup most of the content in the Zuckerberg Metaverse will be pron.

ChipNASA

I LOVE PrONz

KoB

I’ll put on a pot of grits Chippy…and fry up some bacon. You want cat heads too?

nobunny

Did someone say shrimp n grits?

ChipNASA

Straight grits (YES not instant, you got fkcking *magic* grits?!?!) but, cheese??
When I was in Charleston at the AFB there on two weeks, we went to Hanks, (it WAS years ago, so not quite $$$, but still) and had some of the BEST shrimp and grits I’ve ever eaten…but yes, it had cheese in it.
(I’m good either way), Paula Deen style, with like half a half stick of butter and S&P.

KoB

Yes, real grits, stoned ground, in real butter, and yes, the cheese is a given.

Cream o wheat, oatmeal, and instant grits are not allowed in my pantry.

26Limabeans

I had grits once at a truck stop during a cross country trip.
Being from Maine I thought they were mashed potatoes instead of fries.
I remember thinking…geez, these people will eat anything.

nobunny

You guys are worse than that food pron channel.

Anonymous

They should’ve been more honest, but F*ckbook is already taken.

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight

Fascist Book would be better and sound less obscene.

True.

F*ckbook is actually a pick-up site and (unlike Facebook) it’s up-front on what it’s all about.

rgr769

So, I guess in this new version of FakeBook, one will be able to get on someone’s MetaVerse page, put on some VR goggles, and have virtual sex. That will be great for certain basement dwellers, but it will put a lot of hard working ho’s and man-whores outta work.

Anonymous

Yup, that’s Zuck’s fetish… er, “vision”.

NDHoosier

A pile of shit by any other name smells just as bad.

Anonymous

A sugar-coated turd is still just a turd coated with sugar.

RGR 4-78

Attention. Attention.

Facebook of the damned,

will now be know as,

Metamucil of the mind.

That is all.

11B-Mailclerk

If that is what moves them…

Old tanker

The best thing I have seen about this thing is that meta stands for must elect Trump again.

Who knew zuck was a Trump supporter.

A Proud Infidel®™️

That or Make Everything Trump Again!

AW1 Rod

You can put whipped cream, nuts and a cherry on a turd and call it a sundae, but it’s still just a turd.

Hatchet

Hebrew speakers mock Facebook’s corporate rebrand to Meta – Social media users in Israel are mocking Facebook’s company name change to Meta, as it sounds similar to the Hebrew word for “dead.” Many Twitter users scoffed at the social media company’s rebrand — revealed by founder Mark Zuckerberg earlier this week — using the hashtag #FacebookDead. “Somebody did not do their #branding research,” one post read. Dr Nirit Weiss-Blatt, author of The Techlash and Tech Crisis Communication, tweeted: “In Hebrew, *Meta* means *Dead* The Jewish community will ridicule this name for years to come.” “Grave error?? Facebook’s new name Meta means dead in Hebrew. Hilarious. #FacebookDead” another user tweeted. Zuckerberg’s efforts to revamp Facebook come as the company faces what could be its most potent scandal since it launched in 2004. The social media giant is under the spotlight following the publication this week of “The Facebook Papers,” a series of internal documents obtained by 17 news organizations, including CNN, that underpin whistleblower Frances Haugen’s claims the company is riddled with institutional shortcomings. The documents reveal how Facebook has propelled misinformation, struggled to eliminate human trafficking-related content on the site, and tried to increase its teenage audience, despite internal research suggesting that its platforms, especially Instagram, can have an adverse effect on their mental health. Facebook isn’t the first company to be ridiculed after its branding didn’t translate abroad. In 2019, Kim Kardashian West was accused of cultural appropriation after debuting her shapewear brand, which she initially named Kimono. Kardashian… Read more »