Mark Zuckerberg’s 2016 challenge: To build an AI for his home

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has set himself the task of building a personal Artificial Intelligence system to run his home.

By: Tech Desk | Published:January 4, 2016 9:39 am
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has set himself the task of building a personal Artificial Intelligence system to run his home. Zuckerberg hopes his AI will be like Jarvis in the Iron Man series.

In a Facebook post Zuckerberg wrote, “Every year, I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook. My challenges in recent years have been to read two books every month, learn Mandarin and meet a new person every day. 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.

Zuckerberg adds that he will begin with exploring the technology that is already present, and then will teach the AI his own voice to control pretty much everything in his house, from music to lights to temperature.

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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 visualise data in VR to help me build better services and lead my organizations more effectively.”

Zuckerberg adds that each year his challenge has a theme and this year’s theme is invention. His post ends saying, “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.”

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