Facebook (FB, Tech30) CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday that he hopes to finally demo a butler powered by artificial intelligence next month after making it his New Year's challenge to build the service. "One of the challenges was to build an AI system to help me control my home and my work, and the other was to run an average of one mile a day. It turns out that one of those challenges was a lot easier than the other," Zuckerberg said in a town hall event in Italy. Zuckerberg accomplished the year-long running challenge five months early. The Facebook founder said he has successfully programed his AI butler to open the gate to his house by scanning his face rather than entering a code.
Mark Zuckerberg, shown here meeting with Pope Francis on his vacation in Italy, told a Roman audience that he should be ready to show off his at-home personal assistant in a month. SAN FRANCISCO - Next month, Mark Zuckerberg hopes to offer the world a glimpse at his pet project, a face- and voice-recognition system that allows the Facebook CEO to command his home environment much like the fictional Tony Stark orders around Jarvis in Iron Man. And his wife, Priscilla Chan, might not be thrilled. "I got it to this point where now I can control the lights, I can control the gates, I can control the temperature -- much to the chagrin of my wife, who now cannot control the temperature because it is programmed to only listen to my voice," Zuckerberg told a packed audience in Rome, the CEO's latest town hall Q and A session. The artificial intelligence software powering the system - part of a personal challenge Zuckerberg set for himself earlier in the year - is a by-product of Facebook's strategic mission to improve the social network's ability to better identify faces in photos and videos that are relevant to users.
Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg revealed he is dedicating his year to making a home AI butler. Now, he is ready to give a voice to the AI, which he modelled on the J.A.R.V.I.S. stands for (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) system used by Tony Stark in the Iron Man films. Zuckerberg to his personal Facebook page to ask to help on what it should sound like - and admitted'this just got real' when Robert Downey Jr offered to voice it. The project is modelled on the J.A.R.V.I.S. stands for (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) system used by Tony Stark in the Iron Man films. '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!' the Iron Man actor responded.
Mark Zuckerberg's house is smarter than your house -- and he's almost ready to prove it. The Facebook CEO, who is building an artificial intelligence system to operate and control his home, says he's almost ready to show off what he's been working on. "I'm making progress," Zuckerberg said at a public Q&A in Italy on Monday. "I hope to have a demo ... next month." Zuckerberg is building the tech as part of his New Year's resolution.
Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg revealed he is dedicating his year to making a home AI butler. Now, he has revealed the project is already coming to fruition - and promised to reveal it next month. While at a Facebook'town hall' event in Rome, he told an audience'I'm making progress - I hope to have a demo next month.' Pope Francis meets Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, second from left, and his wife Priscilla Chan, at the Santa Marta residence, the guest house in Vatican City. However, Zuckerberg later revealed his wife doesn't have access to his home AI system.