Mark Zuckerberg is making his 2017 resolution a social one. The Facebook CEO plans to step out from behind his computer to meet people in every state in the USA.
The goal is to meet average folk across different walks of life; to learn about their needs and wants and find new ways to make Facebook a social tool that is representative of everyone.
“My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year. It will help me lead the work at Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative so we can make the most positive impact as the world enters an important new period,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.
“My trips this year will take different forms — road trips with Priscilla, stops in small towns and universities, visits to our offices across the country, meetings with teachers and scientists, and trips to fun places you recommend along the way.”
Not every state will be graced with a visit from Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan, however. Zuckerberg said he has “spent significant time in many states already” so he will only need to travel to roughly 30 states this year to complete his new challenge.
“Going into this challenge, it seems we are at a turning point in history. For decades, technology and globalization have made us more productive and connected,” Zuckerberg added. “This has created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging. This has contributed to a greater sense of division than I have felt in my lifetime. We need to find a way to change the game so it works for everyone.”
New Years challenges are nothing new for Zuckerberg.
Last year, he designed his own artificial intelligence assistant, Jarvis, for his home. Zuckerberg, last month, revealed what a year’s worth of coding had developed: an AI with the voice of actor Morgan Freeman that helps him streamline his daily tasks at the office and at home. He can talk to the AI on his phone and computer and it can control the lights, temperature, appliances, music and security of his home. Zuckerberg has even programmed it to entertain his infant daughter, Max.
In 2015, after “crowdsourcing” for ideas on his wall, Zuckerberg opted to take on a reading challenge in which he would read two new books per month that focused on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. Other challenges in years past have included learning to speak Mandarin, meeting one new person who doesn’t work at Facebook every day, writing a thank you note each day to someone who made the world better, being a vegetarian (or only eating meat if he killed the animal himself) and wearing a tie every day.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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