On 25th May, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a commencement speech at Harvard University. He talked about some very interesting topics. Among them was his wish for everyone to have equal opportunity and to build both a local and a global community. Also, he seems to want to create a world where “every single person has a sense of purpose”. It was interesting that he did not talk about the opportunities the graduating Harvard students will have. Instead, he focused on encouraging them to also create opportunities for those who were not so lucky. Moreover, Zuckerberg addressed the issue of automation’s impact on employment.
An interesting speech
It’s worth noting that Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard during his sophomore year, back in 2004. He wanted to focus on Facebook and he did not have the time and energy to continue his studies too. However, on May 25th, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. The Facebook CEO also became the youngest person ever to hold a commencement speech at Harvard. His parents were also there and appeared extremely happy for their son.
Earlier this year, Zuckerberg published a 6,000 word “humanitarian manifesto” letter. With this speech, he had the chance to talk directly to the world about his ideas. Also, about his philosophy on building communities. After spending about ten years trying to make the world more “open” and to create connections, he now has a clear mission in mind. And that is to create communities.
In order to accomplish this, Zuckerberg’s 2017 challenge was to travel to all the states he had not already visited and to meet new people in each. Some people even compared this tour to the ones presidential candidates make ahead of election. This sparked speculation that the Facebook CEO might have something similar in mind. However, he has said numerous times that he is not planning to run for office.
In his speech, Zuckerberg admitted that it was not Facebook which had the biggest impact on him, but its predecessor FaceMash. Also, h talked about how people will need to unite in order to face the challenges of the future. Among those, automation which will replace tens of millions of jobs. According to him, it’s the hardest to start. Once you’ve started, then you can accomplish anything.
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