Zuckerberg taps VR to detail relief efforts in Puerto Rico

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg hops on a virtual reality adventure

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg hops on a virtual reality adventure

The company activated community help "so if people could say they needed food or shelter people in the community could provide that", Zuckerberg said, without noting that without the internet it wouldn't work.

On Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promoted Facebook's new Spaces app, which allows users to remotely cast cartoon avatars of themselves walking around locations in the real world.

"We've tried to do this a couple of times in the past but this is an example of how you can use AI and machine learning to help out in savings people's lives and help out in relief efforts", Zuckerberg said. Also, these satellite images would tell the condition of the infrastructure in the affected areas.

Using Facebook Spaces, Zuckerberg virtually visited the affected areas along with Rachel Franklin, Facebook's head of social VR. "You know, it feels like we're really here in Puerto Rico, where it's obviously a tough place to get into now, and a lot of people are really suffering with the aftermath of the hurricanes".

The livestream briefly dropped due to a technical glitch before they started over again on the virtual lunar surface.

Later, Zuckerberg, along with Franklin, went to the Moon. Zuckerberg's cartoon avatar looked quite tiny in front of the dog in the living room.

"This street is really flooded", added Zuckerberg.

According to The Verge, Zuckerberg used Facebook Spaces to get his big stupid face into hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico, and straight back out of it as soon as he was finished telling the audience - because he live streamed this - about all the good things Facebook is doing in terms of aid and making facile comments like: "It feels like we're really here in Puerto Rico". The livestream presentation took place at the company's Menlo Park, California headquarters, with the pair wearing Oculus headsets.

The internet was quick to criticize the PR stunt, as well as defend what Facebook has done for the region-the company has donated $1.5 million to relief funds on top of its connectivity efforts.

"Facebook is very focused on trying to help out in the recovery effort", he repeats.

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