Zuckerberg Wants To Build A ‘Digital Peace Corps’ To Connect People
CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to strengthen the social network’s community by connecting users to people they should know.
Zuckerberg, who has been on a tour visiting every state as part of his annual personal challenge (not because he intends running for public office, as speculated), posted an update of his travels over the weekend that revealed how he’s working with developers to build artificial intelligence systems that could help people build new, valuable relationships.
“We’ve built AI systems to recommend ‘People You May Know.’ But it might be just as important to also connect you with people you should know — mentors and people outside your circle who care about you and can provide a new source of support and inspiration” Zuckerberg wrote in the post.
Nothing has been built yet, but Zuckerberg has already thought about different models that might work. The first is a digital Peace Corps of sorts that creates service opportunities and helps people exchange culture while building new relationships.
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Zuckerberg’s agenda cannot replace or even imitate the Peace Corps, which has as its soul the last three feet in human interaction. He needs to get his hands dirty rather than wear down his fingertips on the keypad.
Eat a meal, have a beer, shake hands with a local, friend.