India is important to the success of Mark Zuckerberg’s next big tech dream

After making Facebook the largest social media platform in the world, Mark Zuckerberg’s next ambition is to create the Metaverse, a future social AR platform where you can interact with people virtually. Mr. Zuckerberg believes the Metaverse will be the successor to the mobile internet. Speaking at the Fuel For India 2021 event, Zuckerberg said India will play a key role in shaping that future. He also mentioned that by 2024 India will have the largest developer community in the world.

“I’m really excited about the role that India will play in shaping that future. India’s talent pool – engineers, developers and creators, as well as its entire vibrant startup ecosystem – plays a huge role in building the future… India is on track to become the largest application developer base in the world by 2024, and it already has one of Spark’s largest AR developer communities. The online gaming sector in India has seen strong growth in recent years and our investments in games in the country continue to grow as we watch how they play out in the Metaverse,” he said.

Mr. Zuckerberg explained his vision for the metaverse: “This is an immersive internet (or embodied internet) where you are in rather than seeing it… It’s going to be an internet where you feel like you’re there and with people to be present other places. And I think it’s a continuation of the technology trends that we’ve seen over the last few decades.”

Mr. Zuckerberg said he’s excited about India’s internet economy: “The reason I’m so excited about India is because of two things that come together to make it special: the entrepreneurship coupled with the scale of what can happen… That’s what already makes one drives much of India’s internet economy, but it makes me so optimistic about the future,” he said.

“As we think about what the next generation will be like, where the creators and developers that will lay the foundation for the metaverse will come from, I think it’s obvious that India will be an integral part of it,” Herr added Added Zuckerberg.

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