Mark Zuckerberg's goal for 2016 is to build an AI to run his home, Ironman-style

By Shawn Knight ยท 14 replies
Jan 4, 2016
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  1. Most New Year's resolutions involve fairly obtainable tasks or goals such as losing weight or saving a certain amount of money for a rainy day or vacation. If you're Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, you set the bar a bit higher.

    Each year, the man behind the world's most popular social network takes on a personal challenge in an effort to learn new things and grow as a person. In recent years, he committed to reading two books each month, meeting a new person every day and learning Mandarin.

    In 2016, Zuckerberg said he aims to build an artificial intelligence system similar to Jarvis, Tony Stark's highly advanced digital butler in Iron Man. Zuckerberg wants his AI system to help run his home and lend a hand with work.

    How does one even begin to build a custom AI? By exploring technology that's already in the wild, of course.

    With a solid grasp of today's AI, Zuckerberg said in a post on Facebook that he will start teaching it to understand his voice and control household items such as lights, music and the temperature. The Facebook CEO will then expand its capabilities to, for example, let friends into his house by scanning their faces when they ring the doorbell. On the work side, Zuckerberg said the AI will help him visualize data in virtual reality to help him build better services and improve how he leads various organizations.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,788   +3,204

    Wow, when Markie has a house like that, maybe he'll finally be able to meet someone, and he won't have to inflict another Facebook on the suspecting public to do so.... He'll be, "Iron Manberg"....:cool:
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  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,164   +2,637

    Really don't give a hoot and a holler about what his plans are .... wait until he gets it working, then I may show some interest but comparing him to a Tony Stark figure is like comparing mouthwash to moonshine .... just ain't the same league!
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  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,788   +3,204

    Have you ever actually tried this......?

    Which brings us to the inescapable question, "why the ***** doesn't he just tell either "Siri" or "Cortana" to do it for him"? I can hear it now, "Siri, call the escort service". (SirI): "But Mark, what's the matter with me?" :'(

    Either of them or that dumb a** cylinder shaped thing from Amazon. I figure Amazon, ought to try and muscle its way into the escort business any day now. Imagine that, escorts dropped by parachute from a drone, right on your doorstep....(y)
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2016
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,205   +4,315

    Having a female AI basically act as homemaker offends his progressive sensibilities. Cortana and Siri belong in corporate offices, not kitchens.

    Jarvis needs to "lean in."
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,788   +3,204

    And which one would you rather see Jarvis "lean into", Siri or Cortana? ;)

    More like he just wants to be the one in the apron....:D
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,788   +3,204

    Incidentally Shawn, that publicity photo of Zuckerberg is brootal.

    If you're going to take anybody's photo smugly and self importantly looking off into the distance like that, they need to be 50 years older, covered in bronze, and sitting on a horse.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2016
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  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,205   +4,315

    That, sir, is a false dichotomy.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,788   +3,204

    If you consider, "sexual innuendo", "false dichotomy", then you're absolutely 100% correct and,"the duck came down". (*)

    (*) Owing to the difference of our ages, you may have to google the origins on that expression.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,788   +3,204

    "I've got this covered", General Zuckerberg muses to himself, gazing off into the sunrise as the opposing army crests the hill and begins its charge...:eek:.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2016
  11. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,164   +2,637

    Well yeah, in the Group (back in my service days) we generally gargled with shine ..... that was, of course, after a good breakfast of cornflakes with beer poured over them ....... but regular mouthwash???? naaaaaaa, that would simple be a waste of money!
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,788   +3,204

    I had always suspected that missing the draft had also caused me to miss a valuable component toward becoming a true renaissance man. Your post has finally confirmed it.
    Uncle Al likes this.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,482   +4,352

    Ohh God, Don't let him put on the suit. We will never see the end of Facebook.
    captaincranky likes this.
  14. Radical

    Radical TS Enthusiast Posts: 52   +34

    *Elon Musk chuckles to himself as the AI he built in a spare hour he had back in 2012 makes him a perfect Martini while it discussing the finer points of Eastern mysticism with the fridge and toaster.*
  15. HiImTim

    HiImTim TS Enthusiast Posts: 36   +11

    In 2017 maybe Zuckerberg will have a new year resolution to go to space and add the Martians to Facebook...

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