F8 2018

By Ken Yeung | News and commentary around Facebook's 2018 F8 developer conference.

Facebook Wants to Connect Users But Neglects How It Makes Money

I spent the last couple of days at F8, Facebook's annual tent revival for developers. I've consistently found F8 to be the place where Facebook gives …

Despite all the Cambridge Analytica drama, Facebook’s F8 still felt like F8

Facebook’s developer conference showed that Facebook is still Facebook.<p>In a lot of ways, you’d never know that Facebook just spent the past six weeks embroiled in controversy.<p>At F8, the company’s annual developer conference that took place this week in San Jose, things felt pretty ... normal. About …

Mark Zuckerberg Turns to Base, Pitches Continued Building as Way Forward

It’s a typical tactic that politicians utilize when they want support for a proposal they’re pitching — hold a rally in a part of their constituency …

Campbell Brown on Facebook’s plans to decide what news is trustworthy

<b>In interviews following the F8 developer conference</b> in San Jose on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he believes that journalism is …

Facebook hired eHarmony’s chief scientist for its new dating feature

One of the bigger pieces of product news at Facebook’s F8 developer conference this week was the announcement that Facebook will soon turn on a new dating feature.<p>It has also quietly made a hire that points to its growing interest in developing more specific uses of its data, although not for the …

Facebook is winning the augmented reality war

If it weren't for data privacy, fake news and hate speech taking up so much air time, this year's Facebook conference would've probably centered around a far less controversial topic: augmented reality. It's one of a few unifying themes that's spread across most of Facebook's product announcements …

When It Comes To AI, Facebook Says It Wants Systems That Don’t Reflect Our Biases

As we train more and more AI systems, we need to make sure to mitigate against the biases that inevitably creep in.<p>Artificial intelligence is a big part of nearly everything Facebook does–from image recognition to detecting objectionable content to helping people find jobs.<p>But with the power of …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook Built an AR Game at F8, But Nobody Knows Why They're Playing It

If what technologists say is true, then at some point in the not-so-distant future we'll be unburdened of our phones and will experience augmented …

Facebook May Have Secret Plans to Build a Satellite-Based Internet

Public filings suggest the social media giant is quietly developing orbital tech to rival efforts by SpaceX and OneWeb to deliver Internet by …

Telecoms

At F8, Facebook missed a chance to reassure us about its future

“It’s not enough to build powerful tools. We have to make sure they’re used for good. And we will.”<p>That was Mark Zuckerberg teeing off the day-one keynote yesterday at Facebook’s F8 conference, echoing a sentiment he’s expressed repeatedly (on Facebook, before Congress) in the wake of the Cambridge …

F8 Conference

I talked to Facebook VP of VR @hbarra yesterday. When I asked if the goal is to create a real business for Facebook with Oculus VR, he said that "making money is really not our priority." Instead, it's about creating value for people. https://t.co/YyTjLAEfQb

Stories are about to surpass feed sharing. Now what?

We’re at the cusp of the visual communication era. Stories creation and consumption is up 842 percent since early 2016, according to consulting firm Block Party. Nearly a billion accounts across Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Messenger now create and watch these vertical, ephemeral …

Here's my full interview with @justmadhu from Oculus about Facebook's new VR headset that's coming out today, Oculus Go. https://t.co/lXn6GgxGpk

Facebook is developing a way to read your mind

Seriously.<p>“What if you could type directly from your brain?”<p>That was the question Facebook executive Regina Dugan, who runs the company’s secretive research and hardware lab Building 8, posed to the audience Wednesday at the company’s annual F8 developer conference in San Jose.<p>The question was not …

Facebook's working on photorealistic VR avatars and they're kinda creepy

Facebook has big plans for blurring reality and virtual reality.<p>During its F8 Day 2 keynote, the company said it's working on creating photorealistic …

Facebook unveils new analytics features, including a tool to track the omnichannel journey

Facebook introduced new analytics features — including a tool to track customer journeys through multiple channels — on Tuesday at its F8 developer …

Facebook’s Plan To Swallow The Whole Internet

R.I.P., News Feed.<p>Over the past few years, the Facebook feed has become a reviled part of pop culture–a symbol of everything people complain about when they think of the company, from opaque algorithms to political echo chambers. But onstage at its annual developer conference F8 this week, Facebook …

Social Media

F8 2018: Using Technology to Remove the Bad Stuff Before It’s Even Reported

<i>By Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management</i>There are two ways to get bad content, like terrorist videos, hate speech, porn or violence off Facebook: take …

Facebook’s open source Go bot can now beat professional players

Go is the go-to game for machine learning researchers. It’s what Google’s DeepMind team famously used to show off its algorithms, and Facebook, too, recently announced that it was building a Go bot of its own. As the team announced at the company’s F8 developer conference today, the ELF OpenGo bot …

Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote

Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote

Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote

Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote

Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote

Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote

Definitely the highlight of day one at #F8 -> @jiffpom. #F82018

AI at F8 2018: Open frameworks and responsible development

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform lives, creating new digital experiences while safeguarding our existing online interactions. …

Facebook is open-sourcing its most powerful AI tools yet

Facebook is continuing its push to more openly share its AI research and code with the release of PyTorch 1.0 -- a deep-learning system that Facebook says represents a "fundamental shift" in open source AI frameworks. Traditionally, taking AI development from research to production has been a …

Facebook helped create an AI scavenger hunt that could lead to the first useful home robots - MIT Technology Review

Artificial-intelligence programs could develop some much-needed common sense by competing in scavenger hunts inside virtual homes filled with …