Mark Zuckerberg Is Trying to Build His Very Own Jarvis

Monday, 04 January 2016 - 12:32PM
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Monday, 04 January 2016 - 12:32PM
Mark Zuckerberg Is Trying to Build His Very Own Jarvis
Happy New Year, tech enthusiasts! As his New Year's resolution, mad scientist Mark Zuckerberg is attempting to create his very own robotic butler a la Jarvis from Iron Man, although instead of helping its owner fly and fight supervillains, this AI will help Zuckerberg get dressed in the morning and find the remote in his couch.

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"Every year, I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. "My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man. I'm going to start by exploring what technology is already out there. Then I'll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home -- music, lights, temperature and so on. I'll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell. I'll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max's room that I need to check on when I'm not with her. On the work side, it'll help me visualize data in VR to help me build better services and lead my organizations more effectively."
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The AI sounds relatively innocuous, as these things go, until he gets to the part about the AI helping him take care of his daughter, which is a little bit more dystopian-sounding. It sounds like the robot would essentially be a more advanced baby monitor, but still. Did he even see Humans? 

And, as a bonus, the Facebook post also contained the perfect response to one fan's advice that girls should "date the nerd" in high school:

Mark Zuckerberg wins

Someone's come a long way in feminism since the "hotness" rankings on Facemash.
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