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Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gives Update on Immersive Metaverse at Meta Connect Conference

Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg made an appearance at the Meta Connect conference, where he provided an update on his plan to create the immersive metaverse. The conference marked the social media company's first in-person event since the start of the pandemic and is expected to reveal how Zuckerberg plans to navigate the shift in investor focus from augmented and virtual reality technologies to artificial intelligence.

Investor interest in the metaverse has been mixed, with some criticizing Meta Platforms for its extensive spending on the project. Last year, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram faced backlash from investors, leading to layoffs in order to continue funding Zuckerberg's vision. As a result, investors will be closely monitoring the announcements at the conference to see if the gamble pays off.

One of the key highlights of the event will be the introduction of AI-powered virtual assistants with unique personalities. Meta Platforms plans to embed these chatbots within its apps, allowing for more personalized and interactive experiences. The addition of these virtual assistants aligns with the company's goal of creating a more immersive metaverse.

In addition to the updates on the metaverse, Meta Platforms also announced the rollout of mobile and web versions of its social VR platform, Horizon Worlds. Furthermore, the company has expanded its virtual reality avatars to include legs, previously limited to the upper body. These developments demonstrate Meta Platforms' commitment to enhancing the user experience and expanding its presence in the virtual reality space.

The Meta Connect conference serves as a platform for developers to gain insights into the company's latest hardware devices, such as the upcoming Quest virtual reality headset. With the advancements in technology and the growing interest in the metaverse, the conference sets the stage for Meta Platforms' continued innovation in the immersive computing landscape.


– Wall Street Journal

– Reuters