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John Carmack breaks silence on Facebook's Oculus acquisition | The Verge


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Why Facebook? "I could think of other companies that would have more obvious synergies. However, I do have reasons to believe that they get the big picture as I see it, and will be a powerful force towards making it happen. You don't make a commitment like they just did on the whim." Much of the backlash regarding the acquisition has centered on Facebook's business model — data mining and advertising. This isn't a concern for Carmack, who says he "just can't get very worked up about it ." While he appreciates the need for privacy, "the idea that companies are supposed to interact with you and not pay attention has never seemed sane to me ... I rather like the recommendations that Amazon gives me on each visit. Educate me. What terrible outcome is expected from this?"

Data mining and advertising are Facebook's current business model.

That's not necessarily the future. They're always looking for better ways to make money.

Carmack is right that Facebook could support and create a metaverse:

http://pandawhale.com/post/40146/facebook-oculus-rift-metaverse-techcrunch

That's worth taking a chance on.

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