Facebook gives sneak peek into sci-fi future

Facebook in 2025 will run on AI, live in virtual reality, transmit via drone Facebook’s technology chief Mike Schroepfer(Photo: Theresa Chong USA TODAY) MENLO PARK, CALIF. — Mike Schroepfer is sitting in a conference room inside Facebook’s Frank Gehry-designed headquarters. His ultra-modern surroundings — 22-foot ceilings, raw steel beams, polished concrete pathways that flow through acres of open desks — suit his responsibilities. Schroepfer, the company’s chief technology officer known around Facebook as “Schrep,” works on the stuff of science fiction. High-altitude drones that blanket swaths of the earth with Internet access. Computers that think like humans. Virtual worlds where you can hang out with friends on the other side of the country or the planet. All are big technology bets that sound like they were just beamed down from the USS Enterprise, not dreamed up inside the Silicon Valley…

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