Facebook’s Zuckerberg Talks AI, Virtual Reality, Telepathy

In a wide-ranging online Townhall Q&A session on Tuesday that included questions from -- among many others -- Stephen Hawking, Arianna Huffington and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about his visions of people, technology and the future. His predictions included the likelihood of telepathic communication, advanced virtual reality and global access to the Internet.

Zuckerberg also fielded more personal questions about his exercise habits, his relationships with people and the obligatory, "What would you take with you to a desert island?" (Answer: If there's Wi-Fi, "my wife, my dog and my phone"; without Wi-Fi, "my wife, my dog and a book.)

Throughout the hour-long conversation, Zuckerberg also repeatedly touched on the importance of his Internet.org initiative and bringing Internet connectivity to as many humans as possible. The ability to go online helps build economies and can raise people out of poverty, he said.

Does Math Rule Social Relationships?

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who's also widely recognized in pop culture for his appearances on "The Simpsons" and a recent "Monty Python" video, posed this question to Zuckerberg: "I would like to know a unified theory of gravity and the other forces. Which of the big questions in science would you like to know the answer to and why?"

"That's a pretty good one," Zuckerberg responded, adding that he is most curious about human nature, disease, aging and how the brain works. "I'm also curious about whether there is a fundamental mathematical law underlying human social relationships that governs the balance of who and what we all care about," he said. "I bet there is."

Telepathy: 'The Ultimate Communication Technology'

That curiosity about how the human mind works also drives Facebook's research into artificial intelligence, Zuckerberg said in response to another question.

"Most of our AI research is focused on understanding the meaning of...

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