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Zuckerberg Building Real-Life Jarvis
By: Jessica Cherok
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Collectively, in all of our years, probably none of us has made it their New Year’s resolution to build an AI for a little help around the house. Or, perhaps you have, but were likely to not be taken quite as seriously as Mark Zuckerberg was when he said it.

The CEO of the social media giant Facebook posted his 2016 goal:

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.

What is perhaps most interesting about Zuckerberg’s goal is that he is planning on coding this personal AI wonder himself, rather than with the help of the engineering super-geniuses at his disposal.

Take that, people who only resolved to go to the gym more!

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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