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Everything You Need To Know About Mark Zuckerberg’s Home AI System, Jarvis


Last January, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he would build an AI to run his home. The project was originally intended as one of his personal growth challenges, but for Zuckerberg and Facebook, it has evolved into something bigger.

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In one of his posts on Facebook, Zuckerberg claims that the inspiration for building his AI was inspired by the fictional Jarvis from Iron Man. The idea was to create an AI that would help Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan perform household tasks, manage their schedules and help them take care of their child.

However, Zuckerberg’s new AI butler still has a long way to go before it can become the real life version of Tony Stark’s Jarvis. In a recent video that was supposed to show some of the tasks Jarvis could perform, the new AI showed that it lacks the functionality and intelligence of the actual Jarvis. Instead, Zuckerberg’s AI system functions more like a very sophisticated app rather than a fully developed artificial intelligence.

For example, Zuckerberg reports that Jarvis often requires him and his wife to repeat their vocal commands a few times before carrying out the tasks. Also, Jarvis is still incapable of detecting linguistic nuances, and most of the AI system’s features still require a little tweaking.

Despite these problems, though, it’s still interesting to watch Zuckerberg’s robot assistant perform a few activities. Presently, Jarvis allows Zuckerberg and his wife to turn off lights, play music, open the gate and make toasts using only their voices. It even announces guests once it detects their presence on their property.

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The only thing missing from Jarvis’ features is the ability to “visualize data in VR,” which Zuckerberg hopes will help him to build services and manage Facebook more efficiently. Aside from that particular setback, though, Jarvis has achieved many of the goals Zuckerberg has set for his home AI system, and to top it all off, it is voiced by Morgan Freeman.

However, the best features of Jarvis is its ability to learn. According to Zuckerberg, his AI system is already learning his and his wife’s musical tastes, so that when one of them asks it to play music, it will play a track based on the preferences of the person who made the request.

All in all, Jarvis is an interesting peek into Zuckerberg’s attempts at building a home AI system, and although more work is needed, it seems that Facebook has a good head start on the AI market.

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