IITians eager to welcome Facebook CEO

IITians eager to welcome Facebook CEO

 IITians are ready with their questions for the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who will be holding his Townhall Q&A session at the IIT-Delhi campus here on Wednesday.

Over 900 students, along with 100 faculty members, will be attending the one-and-a-half-hour long session with Zuckerberg, according to the IIT administration.

Deepanshu Singh, a student of Mechanical Engineering, said he would ask Zuckerberg about his initiatives to strengthen social connections in the “real world”. He argued that because of the Facebook phenomena, friendships are becoming increasingly tenuous.

His classmate Zaheer Hassan suggested Zuckerberg should introduce an alert system to check overuse of Facbeook. “Whenever someone uses FB for more than two hours, he should get some sort of a gentle reminder or notification that he has had enough of it,” Hassan said.

Akshit Trehan, another IIT student, said he would ask the CEO about Oculus VR, a virtual reality startup now owned by Facebook. “Facebook is promoting Oculus in a big way. I am really excited to know what he has to say about artificial intelligence,” he adds.

Even though there is excitement surrounding his visit, some students are upset that they wouldn’t be able attend the session live. “We are saddened that we couldn’t register for the event. I don’t have anything to question him,” Pooja, a student, said. “We got a notification from the college saying that students can register for the event online. But this was during our mid-summer break, so many of us couldn’t register,” she adds.

About 3,600 students had registered for the event and participants for the Q&A session were selected based on draw of lots. For those who can’t attend the session, the institute has made provisions for live streaming and have also put up a giant screen.


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