#AceNewsReport – Oct.19: Facebook is at the start of a journey to help build the next computing platform. Working with others, we’re developing what is often referred to as the metaverse — a new phase of interconnected virtual experiences using technologies like virtual and augmented reality: At its heart is the idea that by creating a greater sense of “virtual presence”, interacting online can become much closer to the experience of interacting in person. The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social and economic opportunities. And Europeans will be shaping it right from the start.
#AceSocialDesk reports that Facebook is to hire 10,000 in EU to work on metaverse to create a virtual network of people that he has chosen for his own environment…….
WHAT IS THE METAVERSE: A metaverse is an online world where people can game, work and communicate in a virtual environment, often using VR headsets: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been a leading voice on the concept: The announcement comes as Facebook deals with the fallout of a damaging scandal and faces increased calls for regulation to curb its influence: The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social, and economic opportunities. And Europeans will be shaping it right from the start,” Facebook said in a blog post: The new jobs being created over the next five years will include “highly specialised engineers”………Investing in the EU offered many advantages, including access to a large consumer market, first-class universities and high-quality talent, Facebook said: Facebook has made building the metaverse one of its big priorities: Despite its history of buying up rivals, Facebook claims the metaverse “won’t be built overnight by a single company” and has promised to collaborate: It recently invested $50m (£36.3m) in funding non-profit groups to help “build the metaverse responsibly”…………..But it thinks the true metaverse idea will take another 10 to 15 years….
Investing in European Talent to Help Build the Metaverse – About Facebook
- Creating 10,000 new jobs at Facebook across the EU
- Building on our long standing European presence and putting the region at the heart of our plans to help build the metaverse
No one company will own and operate the metaverse. Like the internet, its key feature will be its openness and interoperability. Bringing this to life will take collaboration and cooperation across companies, developers, creators and policymakers. For Facebook, it will also require continued investment in product and tech talent, as well as growth across the business.
So today, we’re announcing a plan to create 10,000 new high-skilled jobs within the European Union (EU) over the next five years. This investment is a vote of confidence in the strength of the European tech industry and the potential of European tech talent.
Europe is hugely important to Facebook. From the thousands of employees in the EU to the millions of businesses using our apps and tools every day, Europe is a big part of our success, as Facebook is invested in the success of European companies and the wider economy.
This is an exciting time for European tech. The EU has a number of advantages that make it a great place for tech companies to invest — a large consumer market, first class universities and, crucially, top-quality talent. European companies are at the cutting edge of several fields, whether it’s the German biotech helping to develop the first-ever MRNA vaccine or the coalition of European neo-banks leading the future of finance. Spain is seeing record levels of investment into startups solving everything from online grocery delivery to neuroelectronics, while Sweden is on its way to becoming the world’s first cashless society by 2023.
We have long believed that European talent is world-leading, which is why we have invested in it so heavily over the years — from funding grants at the Technical University of Munich, to opening our first major European AI research lab and FAIR accelerator programme in France and Facebook Reality Labs office in Cork.
Beyond emerging tech talent, the EU also has an important role to play in shaping the new rules of the internet. European policymakers are leading the way in helping to embed European values like free expression, privacy, transparency and the rights of individuals into the day-to-day workings of the internet. Facebook shares these values and we have taken considerable action over the years to uphold them. We hope to see the completion of the Digital Single Market to support Europe’s existing advantages, as well as stability on international data flows, which are essential to a flourishing digital economy.
As we begin the journey of bringing the metaverse to life, the need for highly specialized engineers is one of Facebook’s most pressing priorities. We look forward to working with governments across the EU to find the right people and the right markets to take this forward, as part of an upcoming recruitment drive across the region. And as Facebook continues to grow in Europe, we hope to invest more in its talent and continue to innovate in Europe, for Europe and the world.
This included revelations from whistleblower Frances Haugen, who worked as a product manager on the civic integrity team at Facebook.
#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Oct.19: 2021:
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