The story of Facebook’s creation has entered American legend, but the founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t make rehashing the conception in a Harvard dorm room during a commencement speech at his alma mater on Thursday.
Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook before dropping out of Harvard, also used his speech to explain his vision on technology contrast clear terms: he believes that the technological progress as a whole is threatening for many people, the way of life, but some of the individual technologies, including Facebook, to actually change people’s lives for the better.
It all comes down to a sense of purpose, according to Zuckerberg. Millennials want him to have, while many older people have lost thanks to the technological change.
“When our parents graduated, that sense of purpose reliable come from your job, your church, your community,” Zuckerberg said. “But today, technology and automation are eliminating jobs. Membership in many communities declined, and many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void in their life.”
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His comments echo those of many of the government and entrepreneurs who are struggling with the prospect of robots taking over people jobs. The European Union is even considering a form of social security, tax on automated factories to make up for an expected decline in the wages to be paid for the man. Others, including the Secretary of Labor Steve Mnuchin, are not so worried about a robot revolution.
Zuckerberg, though not all of the technology is imminent, especially not the world’s largest social network. The echo of the motto of the company, he explained that Facebook is the way the world connects, and he suggested that the world is a better place.
“This idea is so obvious to us, that all people want to connect, so we stayed just to get started,” he said, pointing to the early coding sessions in his dorm room.
What Zuckerberg not around in his speech is that more than 10 years after the sessions, Facebook is now a multinational company that snapped up much smaller, including Instagram, which the Royal Society for Public Health recently determined to be the “most harmful” social media platform for young people’s mental health and well-being.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.