SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s artificial intelligence-imbued software “butler” — named Jarvis — is now in service, and even plays with his family, the company said.
Zuckerberg, who posted the briefed video of his software this week, took on the personal project this year, devoting about 100 hours to making a system inspired by the “Iron Man” film character Jarvis as a virtual assistant to help manage his household.
“In some ways, this challenge was easier than I expected,” said the founder of social networking app. “In fact, my running challenge (I also set out to run 365 miles in 2016) took more time.”
Zuckerberg further elaborated that he can talk to his AI creation through his phone or computer, and it can control lights, temperature, music, security, appliances and more.
“The software learns his tastes and patterns, as well as new words or concepts, and can even entertain his daughter Max, according to the company’s statement.
“When I tell it to turn the AC (air conditioning) up in ‘my office,’ that means something completely different from when Priscilla tells it the exact same thing,” Zuckerberg said.
However, the 32-year-old said that he has planned to continue improving his newly built software.
“AI technology would improve greatly in the coming five to 10 years,” he said, adding, “In the longer term, I’d like to explore teaching Jarvis how to learn new skills itself rather than me having to teach it how to perform specific tasks.”