Facebook Exec Predicts How We’ll Work 15 Years from Now

Andrew Bosworth, vice president at Facebook Reality Labs, predicts that in about 15 to 20 years, mobile phones could be replaced by more advanced VR technology. Bosworth speaks to Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.”


Host: So take me ahead than 10 years, do we all have? Do we all still have phones and do we all have glasses too?

Bosworth: 10 years is a hard 10 years is right on the borderline like 15, 20. Yeah, 15 to 20, I think in 15 to 20 years. Yeah, I think you don’t have a phone anymore necessarily, though. You may still have a device that you carry with you. That’s in that form factor that does multiple jobs. I think you probably will have a number of sensors probably on the wrist for things like input. And it’s also pretty convenient. I think you’ll probably have things kind of like these AirPods or something equivalent to that if you really want to get more immersed in audio. Audio is so important to feeling immersed in a situation as well as our glasses. And I think what’s really different actually is our homes and the way they’re laid out when you don’t have to put TVs in a specific location, when you can work from kind of literally anywhere. And I think cities will be very laid out differently if virtual reality really takes off.


“I think VR also has the profound opportunity to change the way we think about cities and where we live and our relationship to work.” – Andrew Bosworth, Vice President at Facebook Reality Labs


And fulfills its promise. Why would I fight an hour of traffic to get to my office where they’re paying rent to keep it empty all night? And I’m paying rent to keep my house empty all day and fight an hour on the way back when I could if I really could get great eye contact, that great feeling of presence, why would I do that? I could live wherever I wanted to live, have those rich collaborative experiences. And you know who’s going to benefit from those two hours? I’m not in the car. It’s my kids face to face time, the real connection. And so I think VR also has the profound opportunity to change the way we think about cities and where we live and our relationship to work. Because right now, those things have to be together in many cases because that is the value of face-to-face communication, if you can get it, that virtually it’s a big opportunity.

*Bloomberg contributed to this content

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