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Facebook founder plans to build AI to help around the house

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says he plans to build artificial intelligence (AI) to help him around the house and with his work.

4 January 2016, 9:08am
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he plans to build Jarvis-like AI to help him around the house and at his work
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he plans to build Jarvis-like AI to help him around the house and at his work
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he plans to build artificial intelligence (AI) to help him around the house and with his work, according to international reports.

Communicating in a Facebook post, Zuckerberg said his personal challenge this year would be to build a "simple AI" like Jarvis, the AI butler from Hollywood blockbuster film Iron Man.

Zuckerberg said he plans to share his progress over the course of the year, after making headlines last year for his plan to donate 99% of his stake in Facebook to charity.

Zuckerberg said he would start to build the AI with technology that is already available and teach it to understand his voice to control everything in his home from music and lights to temperature.

"This should be a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself," Zuckerberg said.

"I'll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell," he said. "I'll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max's (his daughter's) room that I need to check on when I'm not with her."

Speaking about the impact of the research on his work, he added that the system would help him visualize data in virtual reality and help him build better services, as well as lead his company.

According to the BBC, Facebook is in the midst of AI initiatives such as building an assistant through its Messenger app for users.

His previous personal challenges have included learning Mandarin, reading two books a month and meeting a new person everyday, he said.

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