Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Build 'Iron Man'-Style A.I. System for His Home

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Tony Stark and Mark Zuckerberg

Yes, just like in the Iron Man movies. 

On Sunday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on his social media platform he wanted to construct a "simple" artificial intelligence system to run his home, much like the one seen helping Tony Stark in the Marvel films. 

"You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man," the Facebook founder wrote in a note. 

In the movies, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the billionaire businessman and iron-clad superhero, the system that is essentially his right arm is called "Just A Rather Very Intelligent System" or Jarvis. 

Zuckerberg said he'll attempt to create his own Jarvis. 

"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," Zuckerberg wrote. "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."

In the films, Jarvis is voiced by Paul Bettany. Zuckerberg didn't mention who might voice his system. The Facebook founder plans to personally undertake his A.I. project, he wrote.


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Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday, January 3, 2016