BARCELONA, Spain — Mark Zuckerberg made his second annual appearance at the mobile industry’s big event as a keynote speaker, where he discussed everything from his 3-month-old baby to his love of virtual reality.
Zuckerberg was interviewed on stage at the Mobile World Congress 2016 by Wired’s Jessi Hempel in a Q&A that sometimes left the Facebook founder flustered due to ongoing microphone and feedback issues. Still, a packed crowd came to hear the Facebook CEO just one day after he was mobbed like a rock star at his surprise appearance at the Samsung Press conference.
There was no super huge news, but as usual, Zuckerberg had many things to say. Here’s 10 interesting tidbits:
- Hempel started with the big recent news: Internet.org’s ban in India. The Free Basic program is part of Zuckerberg’s ambitious efforts to connect the next billion people. Hempel asked Zuckerberg what he learned. He gave a rather sophomoric answer: “We learned that every country is different.” (Though he did talk about the other things Facebook is doing with drones and satellites to expand Internet connectivity.)
- Zuckerberg expressed frustration that people think his desire to connect more people is part of a nefarious plot: “People don’t take me at face value that we just want to help people get on the Internet.”
- With all the talk about 5G networks this year, he exhorted the telecom industry not to lose focus on connecting the rest of the world as well.
- On Oculus VR’s pending rollout. He explained how he’d dreamed about VR since he was a teenager, saying “it’s personally really exciting to me.”
- Zuckerberg: “I hope this (VR) will be one of the killer apps for 5G.”
- Zuckerberg on his artificial intelligence Jarvis project. It’s not some big Facebook endeavor, he said: “I just want to control my house.”
- Why he’s so bullish on video, especially live video: “Video brings more raw and intimate moments that let you be you.”
- Hempel asked where he stood on Apple’s dispute with the FBI. Zuckerberg: “We lean toward Apple.” But he also noted Facebook would work with the government if it meant stopping a terrorist threat.
- Zuckerberg said he and his wife have not worked out screen-time rules for daughter: “I’ve got time to figure that out.”
- Zuckerberg, sweating so much from the beginning that an assistant brought out a towel, admits that when it comes to sweating, “I’m not good at controlling that.”