At Facebook's F8 conference this week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed the company's 10-year technology roadmap.
Zuckerberg kicked off the event, to a packed house of over 2,600 and thousands more watching via Facebook Live, with his keynote on the company's future. The 31-year-old CEO said that, over the next decade, he plans to build not just the social network, but a suite of products with one goal: "[To] give everyone in the world the power to share anything they want with anyone." Already, Facebook is well on its way to achieving such a goal, with apps like Messenger and WhatsApp in its portfolio. Between these apps, users are sending an impressive 60 billion messages a day. Facebook is also working on improving its infrastructure for the future. The company is working on solar-powered internet planes, virtual reality, Live Video, and more.
At F8 2016, Facebook also announced the launch of the Messenger Platform (Beta) with bots and a new Send/Receive API. These bots can provide automated subscription content, receipts, shipping notifications, live automated messages, and more, giving businesses an easy way to communicate with customers. The new Messenger Send/Receive API will "support not only sending and receiving text, but also images and interactive rich bubbles containing multiple calls-to-action." All developers will have access to documents to build Messenger bots and submit them for review. While this sounds like a potential headache for users, Facebook acknowledges that it "can't serve businesses well without putting people in control." Users will be able to mute and block communications they do not want to receive.
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