Zuckerberg promotes VR with footage of disaster-stricken Puerto Rico

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has visited Puerto Rico in virtual reality.

"One of the things that's really magical about VR is you can get the feeling you're really in a place", said Zuckerberg as a cartoon idiot as he floated around during his disaster tourism effort. Because that could actually be helpful? Zuckerberg's video begins with a shot of him and Rubin sitting on top of a sunny rooftop at Facebook's campus, where they presumably have electricity and the high-speed internet needed to get Facebook Spaces to work.

Mark Zuckerberg, a walking, talking, keyboard tapping big blue jean-wearing social gaffe waiting to happen is at it again.

Zuckerberg's also sent a team of Facebook engineers to the island to help people get "connected"... which we can only assume means, get back on Facebook.

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The rules of virtual reality are still being established, but here's an easy one: Don't use human disasters as a way to show off features of your VR product. The social-media giant enabled its Safety Check feature and community assistance features in Puerto Rico, a disembodied cartoon avatar of Zuckerberg explained, adding that the company was working with the Red Cross to construct satellite imagery to help direct volunteers and aid workers to different parts of the island. Moreover, they also announced the creation of population maps using Artificial Intelligence (AI). Some other spots they "teleported" to included the surface of the moon and next to Zuckerberg's dog, Beast. Not just the grinning Zuckerberg cartoon, but also a high-five moment between Franklin and Zuckerberg with boring scenes around was awkward.

Facebook has donated $1.5 million to the relief effort, the CEO said. It's bland, inoffensive, and set in an environment that's more suited to be shown off in Facebook Spaces - and for Zuck's, uh, unique brand of showmanship.

The Facebook CEO noted that Internet connectivity is crucial for people caught in the middle of such situations so that they can convey messages with their loved ones.

"We've tried to do this a couple of times in the past but this is an example of how you can use AI and machine learning to help out in savings people's lives and help out in relief efforts", Zuckerberg said.

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