Mark Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges, issues predictions for this decade instead
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., speaks during an event at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Zuckerberg discussed the social-network site's upgraded News Feed which includes bigger photos, information sorted into topics and a more consistent design across devices. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg usually sets himself a lofty annual challenge to complete – and in the past, that’s meant coding his own AI assistant, learning a new language, or touring his home country of the United States to meet communities.
However, this year Zuckerberg has elected to set a precedent, given the start of a new decade – and has now issued a slew of predictions for the next decade.
Among them, Zuckerberg elaborates three major shifts: Firstly, that an upcoming generational shift in terms of online users might well rapidly change the nature of the web and Facebook’s core platform in the future, and his hopes to use the Zuckerberg Chan foundation to provide a ‘platform to younger entrepreneurs, scientists, and leaders to enable change’.
Secondly, Zuckerberg outlines a future in which Facebook might be a privacy-focussed social media platform – a change the company founder has previously elaborated will be made in the years to come – which is perhaps not unsurprising given the firm’s recent scandals.
Lastly, the Facebook co-founder highlights what’s already been tipped as the ‘buzzword’ of this decade – highlighting the potential for both decentralised and distributed currencies such as the embattled Libra, as well as different forms of governance.