Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at F8 2016 Day 1 Keynote (Full Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Facebook F8 2016 Day 1 keynote featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Deb Liu, Ime Archibong, David Marcus, and Chris Cox.

Event: Facebook F8 Annual Developer Conference

Place: Fort Mason in San Francisco

Date: April 12, 2016

 

Speakers:

Mark Zuckerberg – CEO, Facebook

Deb Liu – Head of Payments and Commerce, Facebook

Ime Archibong – Director, Product Partnerships, Facebook

David Marcus – Vice President, Messaging Products

Chris Cox – Chief Product Officer, Facebook

 

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Mark Zuckerberg – CEO, Facebook

Hi everyone. Hi everyone. Welcome to F8!

So today we’re going to do something a little different. We’re going to walk through our roadmap for the next 10 years. I think we can all underestimate just how much the world can change in 10 years.

In a decade, video will look like as big of a shift in the way we all share and communicate as mobile has been. Messaging and private communication will unlock new platforms for accessing all kinds of different services. Connectivity will give everyone, not just a third of people in the wealthiest countries, access to all of the opportunities of the internet, including resources for education, health and jobs.

Artificial intelligence will power all kinds of different services with better than human level perception, and we’ll see the emergence of the next major computing platform in virtual and augmented reality. These are all elements of our 10-year roadmap to connect the world. And each of these elements is in service of our mission, and it’s about bringing people together, because that’s what we do here.

Now before we get into detail, I want to take a step back for a minute. And I want to talk about our mission for a moment, and why I care about it so much and why I think that the work that we’re all doing here together is more important now than it’s ever been.

We stand for connecting every person — for a global community, for bringing people together, for giving all people a voice, for a free flow of ideas and culture across nations. And this idea of connecting the world has gotten stronger over the last century. You can now travel almost anywhere in the world in less than a day. Countries trade more openly and cooperate more easily than ever. And the Internet has enabled all of us to access and share more ideas and information than ever before. We’ve gone from a world of isolated communities to one global community, and we are all better off for it.

But now, as I look around and as I travel around the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward — against this idea of a connected world and a global 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.

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It takes courage to choose hope over fear — to say that we can build something and make it better than it has ever been before. You have to be optimistic to think that you can change the world. And people will always call you naïve, but it’s this hope, and this optimism that is behind every important step forward.

Our lives are connected. And whether we’re welcoming a refugee fleeing war or an immigrant seeking new opportunity, whether we’re coming together to fight global disease like Ebola or to address climate change, I hope that we have the courage to see that the path forward is to bring people together, not push people apart — to connect more, not less.

We are one global community: The mother in India who wants to work so her family can have a better life, the father in the US who wants a cleaner planet for his children, the daughter in Sierra Leone who just needs basic healthcare and education so she can stay safe and reach her full potential, and that young boy in Syria who is doing the best he can with the cards he’s been dealt to find a good path forward in the world.

And we, sitting here today, are part of this community too. And if the world starts to turn inwards, then our community will just have to work even harder to bring people together. And that’s why I think the work that we are all doing is so important. Because we can actually give more people a voice. Instead of building walls, we can help people build bridges. And instead of dividing people, we can help bring people together.

We do it one connection at a time, one innovation at a time, day after day after day. And that’s why I think the work that we’re all doing together is more important now than it’s ever been before.

Welcome to F8!

So that’s why our 10-year roadmap is focused on building the technology to give everyone in the world the power to share anything they want with anyone. That’s our goal.

Now let’s look at the word everyone for a moment. Most people in the world, more than 4 billion people, are not even on the internet today, and we need to change this. Because beyond communication, we know that for 10 people who get online, about one person gets left out of poverty because they get access to tools for education, and finding jobs. So in our 10-year roadmap, we’re focused on all the things that we need to do to help more people get online for making data cheaper to building completely new technologies like drones and satellites and laser communication systems.

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