Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made a habit of setting out a “personal challenge” for himself at the start of the new year. He has been doing this for a few years now, at least publicly, and he has now shared what he intends to devote his time to this year. Zuckerberg will be hosting a series of public talks on the future of technology.
Zuckerberg’s personal challenge for 2018 was to fix Facebook’s problem with hate speech and election interference on its platform. Many can still argue that the world’s largest social network has still not been able to tackle those problems.
“There are so many big questions about the world we want to live in and technology’s place in it,” wrote in a post on Facebook, adding that his challenge for 2019 is to “host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society — the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties.”
He points out that while this is going to be intellectually interesting, this will also be a challenge for him personally. Zuckerberg says that I’m going to put myself out there more than I’ve been comfortable with and engage more in some of these debates about the future, the tradeoffs we face, and where we want to go.”
No word as yet on when the first of these public talks will take place.