Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg) usually set a New Year’s “personal challenge” in January each year, but he announced this year that he will give up this tradition . Instead, he will “focus on the five long-term goals” over the next ten years, giving priority to projects that take longer to integrate, mainly involving solving problems encountered by young people, smaller and closer social platforms, and small businesses Opportunities, AR / VR technology, and regulatory issues.
The following is the full post of Zuckerberg:
For the past ten years, each time I greeted the New Year, I set personal challenges. My goal is to keep growing in new ways beyond managing the day-to-day work of Facebook. These challenges taught me to speak Mandarin Chinese, write an artificial intelligence assistant for my residence, read more books, ran more roads, learned hunting and cooking, and became more comfortable with public speaking.
When I started these challenges, my life was almost all about how to develop a Facebook site. There is too much to learn now. At Facebook, we are building many different applications and technologies, from new private social platforms to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies, and we are taking on more social responsibilities. Outside of Facebook, I am now the father of two children. I love working with my family and devoting ourselves to philanthropy, and have improved in sports and hobbies developed over the years. So, while I’m glad I’ve participated in challenges every year for the past ten years, it’s time to do something different.
In the next ten years, I will look at longer-term goals. Instead of challenging it year after year, I try to think about what I want the world and personal life to look like in 2030 so that I can make sure I focus on these things. By that time, if all goes well, my daughter Max will be in high school, and we will have the technology to feel really staying with other people, wherever they are, scientific research will help cure and prevent more Illness extends our average life expectancy by another 2.5 years.
Here are the five most important things I think need to be done in the next ten years:
Inter generational change
One of the reasons I wanted to give people a voice when I started Facebook was that I thought it would give our generation more power. I feel that this generation has important things to express, but it has not received enough attention. It turns out that it’s not just my generation that feels marginalized and needs more say. These tools have also empowered many different groups in society. I am glad that more people have a voice, but this has not yet brought about the inter generational changes I hope to solve important issues. I think this will happen in the next ten years.
Today, many important institutions in our society are still not doing enough to solve the problems faced by the younger generation, such as from climate change to runaway education, housing and medical expenses. But as millennials and more younger generations can vote, I expect that situation will begin to change rapidly. I expect that by the end of this century, more institutions will be run by millennial’s, and more policies will address these issues in the longer term.
In many ways, Facebook is a millennial company that takes this generation into consideration. In the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, our focus is on long-term efforts that will primarily help our children’s generation, such as investing in the treatment, prevention, and management of all the diseases they may face, or making primary education more personalized to Meet the needs of students. Over the next decade, we will focus more on funding and platforms for young entrepreneurs, scientists, and leaders to realize these changes.
New private social platform
The internet gives us super powers to connect with anyone, anywhere. This is incredible empowerment, meaning our relationships and opportunities are no longer limited to where we live. We are now part of this huge community of billions of people with unparalleled vitality, culture and economic opportunities.
But it’s also because the community is so large, it also brings many challenges that make us eager to stay close. When I grew up in a small town, it was easy to have a small sense of mission. But in a community of billions of people, it’s hard to find the unique role you should play. Over the next decade, many of the most important social infrastructures will help us rebuild various smaller communities and give us that sense of intimacy again.
This is one of my most exciting areas of innovation. Over the next 5 years, our digital social environment will be very different, re-emphasizing personal interactions and helping us build the smaller communities that everyone needs in their lives.
Creating opportunities for small businesses
In the past decade, the fastest-growing economy has been the technology industry. Over the next decade, I expect technology to continue to create opportunities, but more to achieve faster growth by making better use of technology in all other parts of the economy.
Our area of focus is helping small businesses. In our service, more than 140 million small businesses have reached customers, and most of them are achieved through free methods. Now all they need to do is set up an account on Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp and then either communicate with people for free or buy ads to spread their message more widely. Over the next decade, we want to build commerce and payment tools so that every small business can easily access the same technology that only large companies previously had.
If we can do this, anyone can sell products through the storefront on Instagram, send messages and support to customers through Messenger, or instantly remit funds to other countries at low cost through WhatsApp, which will greatly help Create more opportunities around the world. After all, a strong and stable economy depends on people’s widespread success, and the best way to do this is to enable small businesses to effectively become technology companies.
Next-generation computing platform
The technology platform of the past decade was mobile phones, the platform of the previous decade was about the network, and the platform of the 1990s was the desktop computer. Every computing platform has become more ubiquitous, and we can interact with it more naturally. Although I expect that mobile phones will remain our main device platform for most of the next decade, at some point we will get groundbreaking AR glasses that will redefine our relationship with technology.
Both AR and VR can provide a sense of presence, just like you are there, really staying with other people or staying somewhere. The next platform will not keep us away from the people around us, but will help us get along with others more and help technology get out of the way. Although many early AR and VR devices seemed clunky, I think these will be the most humane and socially significant technology platforms that people have built to date.
The ability to “show up” anytime and anywhere will also help solve some of the biggest social problems of our time, such as the ever-expanding housing costs and geographical inequality of opportunity. Today, many people feel that they must move to the city because there are job opportunities there. But many cities do not have enough housing, so the cost of housing has skyrocketed, while the quality of life has fallen. Imagine what would happen if you could live anywhere you choose, and get any job anywhere. If we can achieve the expected goals, this should be closer to reality by 2030.
New forms of governance
A big question for the next ten years is: how should we manage the large new digital community brought by the Internet? Platforms like Facebook must make trade-offs between social values that we all cherish, such as between free speech and security, between privacy and law enforcement, or between creating open systems and locking down data and access. There are few clear “right” answers, and in many cases it is equally important to make decisions in a way that the community feels legal. From this perspective, I don’t think private companies should make so many important decisions that involve fundamental democratic values.
One way to address this is through increased regulation. As long as our government is considered legitimate, rules established through democratic processes can add more legitimacy and trust than rules defined by companies alone. I think the government will help to establish clearer rules in many areas, including elections, harmful content, privacy, and data portability. I have called for new regulation in these areas, and I hope that in the next decade, we will have clearer rules for the Internet.
Another and even better way to solve this problem is to build new ways of self-management for the community. An example of independent governance is the oversight committee we are creating. Soon, you can appeal your disagreement to an independent committee that will have the final say on whether or not to allow certain content. In the next ten years, I hope to use my position to establish more community governance rules and build more such institutions. If successful, it could be a model for other online communities in the future.
In the next ten years, we have a lot of things to do and a lot to learn to help achieve the above goals. I wish you a good start in the new year and the next ten years!