Tuesday, August 22, 2023




This year's Meta Connect is now scheduled for September 27, 2023.

Meta Connect will have the latest news about Meta's Metaverse.  News may include information about QUEST 3, and possible "pro" versions of their headset.

They will also probably announce new applications and games, and promote Horizon Worlds and Horizon Workrooms. Horizon Worlds may get an update to their (currently underwhelming) tools for building Worlds.

It would not be surprising if there is a lot more information about Meta's work in AI.  They have been announcing important research results regularly, and have been positive about "open source" AI.

FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) has now given way to a new shorthand: "The Magnificent Seven, (TM7)" (Meta, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Tesla, Nvidia -- Facebook is now Meta, Google is now Alphabet, Add Microsoft, Tesla and Nvidia, subtract Netflix) which now comprises the darling movers of the market.  The total capitalization of TM7 is (as of today, according to Bard)   about $10.5 Trillion Dollars. Meta is about $580 Billion. At its peak, a few weeks ago, TM7 had a market cap of more than $13 Trillion Dollars.

The conference may be accessed virtually.  It usually contains a keynote, a technical keynote, specific topic sessions, and a live talk by Carmack. (Carmack is no longer as active at Meta, and it would be a surprise if he is there again this year.)

In past years it has been possible to watch the keynote in the Quest 2, in Horizon Worlds. Disappointingly, that was mostly just a 2D screen in a (3D Virtual) theater, and it was easier to watch on a 2D computer screen.  It would be great if Meta created a full 3D 360 experience for the keynote, and for sessions dealing with games and other inherently 3D topics.

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