Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Peru 2016, Mark Zuckerberg FB CEO, spoke about the future of our children, children of the world, and what we can do for them to “grow up in a world that is much, much better than our world today.”
He spoke about his “engineering mindset” being behind his conviction that one can take any system in the word and make it “much, much better than what it is today,” be it software, hardware, or organizations like companies, healthcare systems, education systems, and governments or anything for that matter.
Mark Zuckerberg referred to Pres. John F Kennedy as being an inspirational force, when back in 1962 he had claimed that man would land on the moon by the end of the decade which was thought to be impossible then.
However, it did happen and something “entirely new” was created, and it was instrumental in giving a boost to the economy. He went on to quote JFK, ‘it’s a time for greatness’
He was emphatic in his emphasis on giving people a voice by connecting them together. He spoke passionately about providing the tools to teachers and educational institutes to encourage personalized learning, which he believes has far more potential than the conventional education methodology.
He is looking forward to upgrading most of the 25000+ schools in America over the next ten years, by providing teachers with the tools and the software that would make personalized learning the way to go.
According to him, early results have indicated that with personalized learning students are able to learn 50% more each year which can “compound.”
Speaking on healthcare, another pet subject of MZ, he said that the U.S. invested 50 times more in treating the sick rather than finding cures. He wants the world to be free of most diseases, if not all, by the end of the century, and hopes that life expectancy will reach 100 years by then.
On Artificial Intelligence, he spoke about the progress Facebook is looking forward to making in the direction, and how AI could lead to further developments in education and medicine. He spoke about FB’s work in progress on solar-powered drones that could fly for months together, and provide access to the internet to remote areas of the world.
However, he was critical about the misuse of social media and denounced the spread of hatred, fake news and misinformation through such forums. He spoke about face book’s endeavor to end this by introducing new systems to counter the menace.
Zuckerberg’s address follows heavy criticism of the role FB played in the recently concluded presidential election. Critics have said Facebook did too little to crack down on fake news stories that are widely shared on the world’s largest social media platform and may have been the reason behind the huge upset. Zuckerberg has been very vocal in denying the role of FB in the outcome of the elections.
He appealed to the world leaders and the internet community to invest more in connectivity and the necessary infrastructure to achieve common goals of doing great things and enabling and sharing prosperity around the world.
He continued to stress on the importance of connecting people if we were to realize our hopes of making the world a better place to live in. In fact, he urged world leaders to sign the connectivity declaration that Facebook announced last year at the United Nations. He asked them to make a pledge that connectivity would be of topmost priority on their agenda.