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Two Megacorps Vie For The Future: Alphabet and Facebook's Tech Race

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Google and Facebook are destined to wage a decade-long war for the future

Back in April, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his grand ten-year roadmap, showing the company’s trajectory from now through 2026.
It points the way to Facebook’s ideal future: A world where everybody’s connected to the internet, where we talk to artificially intelligent computers as if they were human, and — boldest of all — where virtual reality goggles are as common as our smartphones, allowing us to connect with people across the world as intimately as if they were in the same room.
Facebook moved the marker on this ambitious roadmap a little bit forward this week, with more details on how the social network will operate in its ideal virtual reality future. In a demo, Zuckerberg showed off “Social VR,” using a combination of the Oculus Rift headset and a 360-degree camera to mash together virtual reality and the real world like never before.
That’s not to say it will be easy for Facebook.
Just this week, Google held its own big event. And while that presentation was ostensibly to introduce new hardware, it also gave us a glimpse of how Google is thinking about its own future — and the ways in which Facebook’s 10-year strategy overlap with Google’s.
Their core businesses couldn’t be more different — Facebook’s efforts to break into search haven’t yielded much result; Google’s attempts to become a social network are pretty much Silicon Valley punchlines at this point.
Yet in many important ways, Facebook and Google are already going punch-for-punch in a fight that won’t be over any time soon.

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A metaverse controlled by Facebook is very disturbing to me. I'll stick to JanusVr which despite not having the funding levels that Facebook does, Janus is infinitely more capable at the moment. (not to mention that Janus is a decentralized open environment) AltspaceVr is pretty cool too.

 

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Don't forget amazon, baidu, alibaba, & renren. My money is on Baidu or Google

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May they both crash and burn.


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May they both crash and burn.

 

Don't curse at life from the sidelines my friend.  Make a play.  Else like in poker the longer you wait the blind will just keep picking away at your chips until you have nothing to wager.



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... Huh?


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May they both crash and burn.

Because, what, they're so eeeeevil for collecting data on you so that they can make your use experience better? If you don't like that, then use those crappy web services that don't collect data.



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Ooh, so i can just opt out? Well why didn't anybody tell me, I would've had no reason to get pissed off and we all could just get on with our lives without our privacy being intruded upon and -

 

OH. WAIT.

 

Yeah, I worked in online advertising for two years, Jakob. I can tell you all about just how invasive analytics are today, and no, you can't opt out, not even if you go live in a cave.

 

Not to mention that these corporations are more powerful than several small countries put together and they have more control over the US than the American voter.

 

Like I said. Crash. And. Burn.


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Ooh, so i can just opt out? Well why didn't anybody tell me, I would've had no reason to get pissed off and we all could just get on with our lives without our privacy being intruded upon and -

 

OH. WAIT.

 

Yeah, I worked in online advertising for two years, Jakob. I can tell you all about just how invasive analytics are today, and no, you can't opt out, not even if you go live in a cave.

 

Not to mention that these corporations are more powerful than several small countries put together and they have more control over the US than the American voter.

 

Like I said. Crash. And. Burn.

Privacy is of course a very important issue but wishing for 2 large companies to crash and burn will literally solve nothing. 


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That's not true at all... it would help solve my bad mood.


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That's not true at all... it would help solve my bad mood.


That seems to be a persistent problem. You seem to run apace from anything which is uplifting.
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Nah, I'm a much more optimistic guy than you realise. I'm just pulling weight for dark futurology which is underrepresented on this forum. That's why most of my posts are so negative. But I've already explained this.


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As long as it relies on reason it is very much welcome.


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Doesn't invasive normally mean that it's getting in my way somehow? I mean I don't use Facebook but the closest thing to annoying me Google does is changing how Youtube works every couple of months.



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I disagree with their privacy policies, obviously, but I wholly support Google's unstoppable AI ambitions. Obviously.


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Doesn't invasive normally mean that it's getting in my way somehow?

No, it means intruding into space that doesn't belong to you. You don't even have to know it's happened for it to be invasive.


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Doesn't invasive normally mean that it's getting in my way somehow?

No, it means intruding into space that doesn't belong to you. You don't even have to know it's happened for it to be invasive.

 

Ahhhh well whatever, I'm not the one whose harmed if they know my fetish, their the one's who know and regret the decision to look.



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Doesn't invasive normally mean that it's getting in my way somehow? I mean I don't use Facebook but the closest thing to annoying me Google does is changing how Youtube works every couple of months.


Do you have an Android phone? If you do, Google will be tracking your searches, your downloads, everything for data collection.
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Doesn't invasive normally mean that it's getting in my way somehow? I mean I don't use Facebook but the closest thing to annoying me Google does is changing how Youtube works every couple of months.


Do you have an Android phone? If you do, Google will be tracking your searches, your downloads, everything for data collection.

 

So?







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