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Zuckerberg in Beijing

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attended the China Development Forum 2016 held in Beijing in late March, where he participated in a panel discussion with Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce platform.

Discussion, according to Chinese media reports, focused on future tech innovations. Zuckerberg brought up virtual reality (VR) and plugged Facebook’s new VR headset, Oculus Rift. He also mentioned artificial intelligence, stating that AI may soon be able to provide solutions for issues in different fields, such as medicine. Ma pointed out that while computers may be “smarter” than humans, humans are wiser, and so should utilize the intelligence of technology to “solve human problems.”

During the same trip, Zuckerberg also met with Liu Yunshan, a high-ranking Politburo member. The two exchanged ideas on possible experience exchange between Chinese domestic Internet service providers and Facebook, which is currently banned from the Chinese web.

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