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Zuckerberg promotes VR with footage of disaster-stricken Puerto Rico

10 October 2017, 09:10 | Jodi Jackson

Zuckerberg promotes VR with footage of disaster-stricken Puerto Rico

The pair shared a'high five, before discussing Facebook's efforts to help with disaster relief. This includes a £1.1 million donation and sharing data with the Red Cross to build'population maps

From inside Facebook's Frank Gehry-designed headquarters in Menlo Park, California, the two chose to "check out this interesting 360 video", as Zuckerberg described it, of the devastation in Puerto Rico. "The terrible taste of this demo shows how far out of his depth Zuckerberg is running Facebook", one Twitter user said.

"We use artificial intelligence to build what we call "population maps".

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in the firing line over a freakish livestream demo of the company's virtual reality (VR) products in which a cartoon version of the billionaire "visited" hurricane-hit Puerto Rico.

The video begins with Zuckerberg's and Franklin's avatars at Facebook's campus in Menlo Park, California, according to The Guardian. Moreover, it will help people determine their location and density in those places.

Zuckerberg also noted that Facebook had already donated more than $1m (£758,000) to relief efforts on the island, and had deployed several employees to the scene to help restore connectivity and support communications.

The livestream briefly dropped due to a technical glitch before they started over again on the virtual lunar surface. "You can get a sense of some of the damage here that the hurricanes have done, and one of the things that's really magical about virtual reality is you can get the feeling that you're really in a place".

"Rachel and I aren't even in the same building in the physical world, but it feels like we're in the same place and can make eye contact", he added before he and Rachel high-fived above floodwaters and dismantled houses.

"This street is really flooded", added Zuckerberg. Franklin responded by saying it was "crazy to feel like you're in the middle of it".

Next, the duo made a decision to "teleport" back to California to promote Facebook's upcoming Oculus Connect developer conference by showing off a 360-degree video from last year's event. Further, stressing the importance of the Internet, he said that relief workers should be able to coordinate to find out the spot where people are looking for help. Some other spots they "teleported" to included the surface of the moon and next to Zuckerberg's dog, Beast.

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