Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s challenge in 2016 is to create an AI butler like Iron Man’s ‘Jarvis’

Looks like Mark Zuckerberg is very impressed with the life Tony Stark, the alter ego of superhero Iron Man and wishes to live a life like him. The Facebook Founder and CEO said on Sunday that he wants to build an artificially intelligent assistant in 2016 that can run his home and present him with virtual reality visualizations of his work.

Mark’s New Year resolution is to build a powerful machine. “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,” says Mark.

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“You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man,” he writes, referring to the robotic butler in the well known Marvel movies.

Zuckerberg’s said he plans to begin by boning up on existing technology teaching. “I’m going to start by exploring what technology is already out there,” he writes. That should be able to handle his initial goals, like controlling “music, lights, temperature, and so on.” He also wants this system to identify when friends are at the front door and allow them in, notify him if his newborn daughter requires attention, and to do all of this only when it recognizes the person speaking. For the most part, that’s all possible even for the non-billionaire home builder. One product that impresses him already is the Amazon Echo: “For just music, the Amazon Echo is pretty great. It’s been very useful for controlling music with my voice while both hands are occupied taking care of Max.”

Moving to more ambitious tasks, he writes, “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.”

“This should be a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself,” Zuckerberg wrote. “I’m looking forward to sharing what I learn over the course of the year.”

Other challenges that Zuckerberg has taken on in recent years for his personal growth includes reading two books every month, learn Mandarin and meet a new person every day.

Last year, Zuckerberg pledged to donate 99 per cent of his earnings to charity to celebrate the birth of his daughter Max, and also backed a United Nations bid for universal internet access by 2020 as part of an effort to eliminate poverty by 2030.

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