Monday 26 September 2016

Mark Zuckerberg's tech gift to Pope Francis is both bizarre and brilliant

Cian Murray

Published 30/08/2016 | 13:00

Pope Francis meets Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Vatican City (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
Pope Francis meets Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Vatican City (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

It's the age old question, 'what do you get the man who has papal supremacy?'

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Mark Zuckerberg may just have the answer, as when the Facebook founder and his wife Priscilla Chan visited the Vatican yesterday, they gave Pope Francis a solar powered drone.

The drone, called Aquila, is a small solar powered device which allows developing countries to have access to the internet.

Zuckerberg said in a statement on his Facebook page: "We discussed the importance of connecting people, especially in parts of the world without internet access. We gave him a model of Aquila, our solar-powered aircraft that will beam internet connectivity to places that don't have it.".

Vatican spokesperson, Greg Burke, said that one of the topics they discussed was "how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and make a message of hope arrive, especially to those most in need."

The interaction happened at the Santa Marta residence, which is the guest house where Pope Francis resides.

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