Great work has always been synonymous with great challenges — building better products, reaching new customers, and navigating changing markets. Regardless of the business or industry, the success of any product or venture rests in people and the tools they use to get the job done. But what happens when our tools no longer help us to do our work? Email, chat, and video are the backbone of most businesses today, but they’re struggling to keep up with an increasingly distributed workforce.
Collaboration across distance demands real-time connections, shared vision and context, and a powerful sense of community. Here at Facebook, we’re looking at the next computing platform — powered by augmented reality and virtual reality — to deliver the tools and experiences we need for the future of work.
We envision a dynamic virtual work environment anchored by genuine social presence. Next-generation devices would give people infinite workspaces with configurable virtual screens, whiteboards, and other visionary tools. You could work alone or collaborate in a persistent meeting room with remote coworkers like you were all sharing the same physical space, and with all of the nuance of in-person conversation.