We all know Facebook, no doubt you have or at least you had an account on this social network created by Mark Zuckerberg. As I write these lines, it is 10:47 p. m., it is October 28, 2019, and if there is one thing I am sure of, it is that mine will soon be deleted - or at least disabled. But I'm not going to get lost in the why of the how, this may one day be the subject of a new article.
Nevertheless, this trend to delete your Facebook account is becoming more and more widespread, just about everywhere in the world. In my close circle of friends and family, this year, many have decided to move on and disconnect permanently from this social network. Which gave me the idea to talk about the future of Facebook, in my opinion.
You may not know it yet, but I think a lot, and sometimes I lose the thread of the discussion with someone because of a furtive thought that appears in my mind. Some will say it's a lack of attention and I think there is that, it's true, but when I get into my thoughts, I can stay there for a long time.
All this to say that what you will see in this article may only be the result of my imagination, and that I am pleased to share with you what I believe will become Facebook's next great ambition for the next 10 years.
I think Facebook's objective is to establish a "virtual state" and to have a monopoly on it by trying to lock the e-citizen into its monetary and social system. Yes. I may have lost the less open-minded ones, but the words are spoken. Now let's see how I came to these conclusions.
First: Oculus. You know that company Facebook bought for $2 billion in March 2014? The same one that sells products that make it possible to use virtual reality thanks to headsets and earphones, which immerse us in a world of our own? I think this is the cornerstone of Facebook's final project. We were sold this technology as revolutionary, and Mark Zuckerberg even spoke personally to explain that he thought he was using this technology to allow people to talk remotely, but with movement tracking. All right, that's fine, but how do we come to the conclusion that the next step for facebook is to create a virtual state?
So let us move on to the second element that made me think of this objective: Libra. If you don't know what Libra is, it's a crypto currency managed entirely by Facebook and a few partners, and which aims to "reinvent money". At the time of this announcement, the majority of public opinion was quite sceptical. Indeed, it is still a currency whose functioning will be administered by Facebook itself, which may ask some questions...These same questions that followed a hearing of Mark Zuckerberg in the Senate to explain the project and the political corruption of the company.
It would be interesting to ask: why create a crypto currency? Why not let it be free like most other crypto currencies? Why do you want to administer it vertically and restrictively? I think I have some leads on these reasons.
Let's take a state, for example France (French roots required). What really makes a state?
- his people,
- its laws,
- its monetary currency,
- and its territory.
Let's now give these same prerequisites to Facebook projects and functions:
- his people: Facebook users,
- its monetary currency: Libra,
- and its territory.
On this last point, one could say that it is impossible for Facebook to obtain a territory. Wait, do you remember that? I told you about virtual reality. By default, there is no limit to what is virtual, since the very essence of the latter is fictional. The virtual reality technology associated with the company Oculus, owned by Facebook, could therefore be used to create a virtual world on which Facebook's laws and currency would apply... Perfect! This is a good thing: Facebook recently announced its open world: Horizon.
Facebook Horizon's presentation on 25 september, 2019
As you read this article, you may begin to see what I was talking about at the beginning, namely Facebook's desire to rule a real virtual world, in which each component of life would be entirely managed by Mark Zuckerberg's firm.
If we look a little more closely at the description of this new project, here is what we can find: "Players will be able to create their own virtual avatar and move from a village square, between the different places, via portals called Telepods. Many actions will be possible: watching movies, consuming content, playing games, creating objects, places...".
One could think of the world that bears the same name in Steven Spielberg's film "Ready Player One". And for good reason, that's a bit of what it could be in the future.
So here's what makes me think that Facebook's 10-year goal is to create a real virtual world, in which Facebook could rule and define itself as a true monopoly of a fictional world through which everything would pass through it. Not sure that public opinion still trusts Facebook to leave it such an intensive immersion, this project (Horizon) being already strongly criticized on the abuses it could bring. The future will tell us if I was wrong.