In our latest installment of “No, really, Zuck is honest-to-god not running for political office,” we find Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg taking a ride around South Bend, Indiana, with Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Zuckerberg is calling this yet another stop in his 2017 personal challenge to “get out and talk to more people about how they’re living, working and thinking about the future.”
During the drive, which is broken up into two parts, most of the talk focuses on the city’s blighted areas and what the mayor is trying to do to help the area thrive.
At one point, someone jumps in front of the car and snaps a picture of the two, to which Zuckerberg says, disdain dripping from his voice, “Must be journalists.” Yeah, maybe it was one of those rat finks, or maybe it was just one of the bazillion people on the planet now with cameras who happen to recognize you, Zuck. (Ok, I’ll get out of my feelings now, sorry.)
As the two wend their way through the city, the only real discussion of tech that comes up is Buttigieg’s mention of how the city is using the cloud to manage what he calls the smartest sewer system in the world.
Sure, that’s not necessarily a city feature that’ll reel in tons of tourists, but it’s pretty cool to see cities not in the spotlight using cutting-edge tech to address local infrastructure issues.
As for Zuck, there’s no telling where he’ll pop up next, but despite the do-gooder nature of his latest visit, we suggest he keep the content a bit more exciting if he wants us to keep following his pre-election barnstorming personal challenge.