Beam me up, Scotty — or, rather, Mark.
Is Facebook, the person-to-person Internet community headed by multibillionaire Mark Zuckerberg, actually planning to launch a "Star Trek" transporter device capable of zapping people through outer space in micro-seconds, or is it something much more prosaic?
Online techies are buzzing with news Wednesday that Facebook may have "accidentally" leaked a list of its planned upcoming technological advances, including a mysterious statement about a "teleportation station," Techcrunch reported.
The puzzling message sent out on Facebook's official app just prior to the opening of the company's two-day F8 conference, under way in San Francisco, where it promises to reveal coming advancements in its various services, reads, "The Garage and Demo areas are now open! Just revealed: Parse for IoT, Messenger as a Platform, and the Teleportation Station," Techcrunch noted.
Tech blogger Ian Sherr wrote on Twitter,
"I bet some people find it all hugely exciting, and if you're not excited by a Star Trek-style teleporter, then you have no soul."
More likely, techies say, the "teleportation station" refers to transportation in virtual reality, not "real" reality, since Facebook acquired Oculus VR Rift, an advanced virtual reality headset for Internet gamers, for $2 billion a year ago, The Guardian reports.
At that time, The Guardian reported, Zuckerberg enthused, "This is just the start. After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a courtside seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world, or consulting with a doctor face-to-face just by putting on goggles in your home.
"One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people."
called attention to the possibility that the "leak" is actually a Facebook "teaser" saying, "If the leak is legitimate." It added: "As for the 'Teleportation Station,' this could be anything, but one proposal is that it will be an announcement concerning Oculus Rift. Whether joking or serious, we don't know, but virtual reality is certainly going to be a part of this year's conference, with one keynote speech scheduled for Thursday titled 'Why Virtual Reality Will Matter To You.'"
The remainder of the "leaked" message refers to advancements in Facebook's existing platforms, Techcrunch notes.
"We reached out to Facebook about the exact meaning of the notification, and the company has 'nothing to add on this.' Pointedly, no denial or note that this is a hoax," Techcrunch reports.
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