While everyone is busy trying to keep their 2016 resolutions (maybe going for a jog every day or cutting back on that salt?), Mark Zuckerberg has announced his intent to code a virtual butler with artificial intelligence. Yes, you read that right. Mark Zuckerberg may be the man who creates Jarvis. In fact, he even said as much.
The Facebook CEO wrote: "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." You can read the full announcement below:
Of course, as you can tell by the various emoticons at the bottom of the image, this announcement was met with mixed reactions—everything from anger to surprise and...crying? (at least, it looks like the 3rd face in is crying).
Instead of building a personal butler from scratch, one that wanders around his home looking in on things, his plans are anchored on creating a system, one that is powered with voice control and facial recognition, to effectively manage his household.
In a chat with commenters regarding his post, he also adds that he has yet to name his AI project, but did give a nod to Amazon Echo, the smart home technology that allows users to control music through voice.
Given his plans, it seems Zuckerberg is more open to the possibilities of AI, despite warnings from detractors. "Some people fear-monger about how AI is a huge danger, but that seems a little far-fetched and much less likely than disasters due to widespread disease, violence, etc.," he wrote in response to a user asking about the potential of AI one day running the world.
As for the possibility of his 2016 plans becoming a reality? There’s certainly more reason to believe his plans will come to fruition, given that he is readily mapping out his plans to approach his invention. But even if it's not successful (let's hope it is, as I would really like my own Jarvis), it is sure to be a good learning experience.
“I'm going to start by exploring what technology is already out there…This should be a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself. I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn over the course of the year,” he concludes.