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Facebook CEO sees augmented reality's future in the camera

Over the last couple of years, Facebook has been closely working with Oculus, its augmented reality unit. "In order to create better tools, first we need an open platform where any developer in the world can build for augmented reality without having to first build their own camera and get a lot of people to use it". Now, after replicating Snapchat's popular AR filters, Facebook is aiming to go one step further and use its army of developers to make this war more vicious.

The first day of Facebook's F8 developer conference was all about the social giant's augmented reality and virtual reality future.

Now the tech giant, which has almost 1.9 billion monthly active users, is starting in earnest to build the camera into what the ceo described as "the first mainstream augmented reality platform".

Facebook is allowing developers to sign up for closed beta of the platform's AR studio tool. As every year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has opened the conference. AR studio is a tool that will enable the developers to create and develop what they want. During a live streaming event, users can comment with hashtags and the broadcaster can pick one of them and show a GIF related to that hashtag during the live stream.

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Zuckerberg has previously termed the virtual reality (VR) as the future of social interaction and in line with that, Facebook unveiled Facebook Spaces app that makes it possible to spend time with friends in virtual reality. The networking site has come a long way from being a platform for students to share photos of each other to becoming a full-fledged platform for entrepreneurs to generate revenues for their companies. Facebook added special effects cameras to its core apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. Zuckerberg added: "We see the beginning of a new platform".

We'll hear more about how Facebook is using artificial intelligence in its products (this could be an expansion of Tuesday's machine learning and computer vision focus).

"Keeping our global community safe is an important part of our mission", the company said. "It's going to take a while for this develop", Zuckerberg added.

Yesterday in a blog post the company said it was not quick enough to take down the video of the killing, or the confession on Facebook Live that followed.



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