Robert Downey Jr. Offers to Voice Mark Zuckerberg's Real-Life 'Jarvis' A.I.

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"This just got real."

If anyone is going to have a Jarvis A.I., it makes sense that it'd be Mark Zuckerberg

Earlier this year, the Facebook founder posted that a goal for 2016 was to build an A.I. similar to what Jarvis (Paul Bettany) is for Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work," he wrote on Facebook Jan. 3. "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."

Now he's ready to chose a voice for it, and an unexpected candidate has presented himself: Robert Downey Jr

"It's time to give my AI Jarvis a voice," Zuckerberg wrote Thursday. "Who should I ask to do it?"

A commenter suggested Downey or Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch, and then Downey chimed in.

"I'll do in a heartbeat if Bettany gets paid and donates it to a cause of Cumberbatch's choosing...that's the right kind of STRANGE!" he wrote.

Zuckerberg's response: "This just got real."

It's time to give my AI Jarvis a voice. Who should I ask to do it?

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, October 13, 2016


Your move, Zuckerberg. Your move.