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Mark Zuckerberg Is Really Excited to Share His Baby With You In Virtual Reality

Facebook baby photos are so 2014.


When most people have a baby, they post their baby photos on Facebook. When Mark Zuckerberg has a baby, he may share his baby photos in virtual reality.

“My wife and I are having a baby sometime soon,” the Facebook CEO said at the Vanity Fair Summit on Wednesday in a discussion about Facebook’s plans for virtual realty. (They are.) “I’m really looking forward to being able to capture not just a photo but to really capture the experience.”

Friends and family, he added, should “have the ability … to be there and feel it” when he documents his first child’s first steps. He didn’t say so explicitly, but the safe assumption is that he means letting his parents experience their grandchild through a Facebook virtual reality headset. Or on their mobile phones.

Zuckerberg was, rather giddily, explaining the rationale behind his $2 billion purchase of Oculus. Joining him onstage was Oculus’ chief scientist Michael Abrash, who Facebook hired away from competing virtual reality company Valve shortly after the Oculus acquisition. Zuckerberg, as he’s said before, detailed how he sees virtual reality as the next major computing platform, with a capacity to share personal experiences — like a new baby — in a newly immersive way.

Onstage, the pair used a clip from “The Matrix” to illustrate it. Asked if that immersive, virtual world was the future of Facebook, Zuckerberg replied, “I think we’ll ease into that.”

You can watch the full Zuckerberg interview here.

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