Facebook killed it in the first quarter. And now CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to kill disease.

The company posted earnings of 77 cents per share on revenue of about $5.38 billion, against analyst expectations of earnings of 62 cents per share on $5.26 billion in revenue, according to CNBC. At 1.65 billion, monthly active users also beat Wall Street estimates of 1.63 billion.

Meanwhile, Twitter and Apple posted first quarter revenue that disappointed investors.

Zuckerberg's response to the success was to use it to sell investors on Facebook's long-shot investments in the future--including the very distant future.

"Personally, there is another element to this. While helping to connect the world will always be the most important thing that I do, there are more global challenges that I also feel the responsibility to help solve, to create a better world for my daughter and all future generations. Things like helping to cure all disease by the end of the century, upgrading our educational system so it's personalized for each student, and protecting our environment from climate change," he said during his introduction to the call.

He made the statement during the lead in to a plug about the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, an LLC Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan founded to invest in businesses, charities and organizations that they say they think will improve the world. The goals struck the Twittersphere as a little lofty. Is this guy running for president or something?

Zuckerberg also reiterated his goal of "connecting the world" and mentioned the company's efforts in areas like artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality. All three technologies played prominent roles in the company's recent F8 developer's conference in San Francisco.

"We're focused not on what Facebook is, but what it can be and what it needs to be, and that means doing bold things," he said. "A lot of what we're building today in areas like connectivity, artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality may not pay off for years, but they're important to our mission of connecting the world."

Published on: Apr 27, 2016