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June 15, 2016

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld Joins Zuckerberg for First Facebook Live Q&A

Facebook CEO Refutes Allegations of Secretly Being a Lizard, Talks About Breaking His Arm 10 Seconds Into First Triathlon Training Session

Thanks to Jerry Seinfeld for stopping by my first Live Q&A today, Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. Afterwards, we had coffee in a '57 Chevy Bel Air that we turned into a meeting room in Facebook HQ.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s first Q&A using Facebook Live came with an added bonus: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

Seinfeld, who was visiting Facebook headquarters to try out the company’s Oculus virtual reality goggles, joined Zuckerberg for the last 15 minutes of the Q&A.

After declaring the queries posted on Facebook to be boring, Seinfield took over asking the questions.

“First of all, I’d like to know what time you woke up,” Seinfield said.

Zuckerberg said he is an early riser — he was up at 6 a.m. — but that is chiefly because his infant daughter Max woke him up by making “pterodactyl-like” sounds.

“I didn’t know a human could make those noises,” he said. “I was never a morning person … Max is definitely turning me into a morning person.”

Seinfeld then asked what Zuckerberg does first in the morning: “You go to the bathroom?” Seinfeld asked.

“No, the first thing I do is look at my phone,” Zuckerberg said, adding that the first thing he looks at (no shock here) is Facebook to “see what is going on in the world.” He then proceeds to check messages and WhatsApp.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

On a “good, calm day” the process takes no more than a couple of minutes.

He admitted he stays in bed during the process and, because he doesn’t wear his contacts to bed, he is forced to hold his phone very close to his face.

“That’s probably not my best moment,” he said, adding, “I wasn’t planning on talking about this publicly.”

Zuckerberg also told Seinfeld about the AI he is building for his home.

“The AI is going pretty well. I can now talk into my phone and tell it to turn off the lights or turn down the temperature, let people in through the gate,” he said.

Zuckerberg said he is currently coding the AI to recognize people who come to the gate so it will know whom to automatically let in.

“Isn’t it funny how we work so hard to just eliminate a little bit of effort,” Seinfeld replied. “I mean, to get the door, it’s not that much work. But we are going to put in a tremendous amount of work, to save us walking to the door and opening it.”

Zuckerberg said, for him, however, it is more about the challenge of writing the code and learning about AI, than actually eliminating such small tasks. The understanding of how to make AI work is the “interesting part,” he said.

Zuckerberg also talked about his desire to participate in a triathlon. His training, however, got off to a somewhat rocky start. He broke the radius bone in his arm last week after falling 10 seconds into a ride on his new bike.

“People don’t believe me because I don’t have a splint or a sling,” he said. “Apparently when you’re trying to heal an elbow or a shoulder, if it’s not too badly separated, the mobility actually helps it heal, more than just having it in a sling that makes it a little stiff.”

Seinfeld countered with a challenge to Zuckerberg: “a 15-second” bike ride.

Zuckerberg laughed. “I think I need to ease into this triathlon thing. My training is not off to a good start.”

Zuckerberg added that, because his arm is not in a cast or a sling, people have been skeptical about the extent of his injury. He added that his wife, who is a doctor, suggested he get a temporary ‘broken’ tattoo for his arm.

Perhaps the best question of the day, however, came up earlier in the broadcast, before Seinfeld made his appearance.

“Are the allegations true that you’re secretly a lizard?” Zuck read. “I’m going to have to go with no. I am not a lizard. But keep the high quality comments coming in.”

Tuesday’s session was the first time Zuckerberg has used Facebook Live to host one of his regular town hall sessions. The Facebook CEO hosted his first Q&A session in November of 2014. The event was inspired by a tradition held each Friday at Facebook: employees being permitted to ask Zuckerberg questions “about anything they want.”


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.