Global access to internet. Apps that detect skin cancer. Normal looking glasses that connect you to virtual and augmented reality worlds. The end of calling businesses.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday during his keynote at the F8 developer's conference projected an overhaul to the way the world communicates.

Zuckerberg said that over the next five years the company hopes to promote development of networks of apps around its core products -- Video, Messenger, Search, WhatsApp, Groups and Instagram.

He said that by the later part of the next decade, Facebook would see notable progress in areas like connecting more of the world's population to the internet, the role of artificial intelligence in Facebook products and the accessibility and quality of virtual reality and augmented reality.

"We've gone from a world of isolated communities to one global community and we are more better off for it," he told the audience.

The goal now: "Give everyone the power to share anything with anyone."

That could take the form of his daughter taking her first steps in 360 video before an audience of friends and family, or of a woman livestreaming her wedding to her mom in the hospital, he said. It also means beaming internet from massive lightweight drones to an increasing proportion of the 4 billion people in the world who still lack access to the web, and building apps that require less data to run.

To make greater sharing options possible, Zuckerberg said Facebook was working to expand its network of open source tools for developers. The company is launching a platform for developers to build bots for Messenger, allowing greater ease of communication with businesses over the messaging tool. "You never have to call 1-800-Flowers again," he said.

He also referenced the company's move last year to open source the company's deep-learning modules for development environment Torch. He said providing access to the company's AI tools would help accelerate development and access to potentially lifesaving tools such as an app that can detect skin cancer from a photo.

He said tools for virtual reality and augmented reality would become more consumer friendly. "Eventually we're going to have what look like normal looking glasses that can do virtual and augmented reality."

Early in his talk, Zuckerberg  alluded to his goals of promoting immigration reform. He at one point seemed to a take a shot at Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's statements that as president he would deport all undocumented immigrants. "We can actually give more people a voice. Instead of building walls, we can help people build bridges."

He continued, expanding beyond the theme of immigration reform to his company's overall goal of promoting worldwide connectivity. 

"We do it one connection at a time, one innovation at a time, day after day after day, and that's why I think the work that we're all doing today is more important now than it's ever been before," he said.

Published on: Apr 12, 2016