ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

You're seated on the couch, bundled and wrapped up in a soft, warm blanket. You have a cup of tea in one hand, and some chocolate chip cookies in the other.

Suddenly, it hits you like a ton of bricks: the remote is on the coffee table several feet away, too far away for you to abandon your warm human burrito set-up. The struggle is all too real.

If you've ever found yourself in such a situation, as I have found myself in too many times to count, you might think just how convenient it would be to have your own personal robot butler to help you in such times of crisis.

Mark Zuckerberg is always thinking ahead; more recently, he expressed his wishes to spend this year building an artificial intelligent assistant to help run his home and work life. Most importantly, he made the comparison to Jarvis, Iron Man's AI buddy.

Zuckerberg takes his goals very seriously. In 2010, he learned Mandarin, in 2011, he only ate meat from animals that he had killed himself. This past year's goal included reading two books a month.

Zuckerberg is already taking note of the technology that is already existent: "smart homes," voice control software, Amazon's Nuance, and more will help inspire this creation.

“Then I’ll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home – music, lights, temperature and so on. I’ll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell. 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.

“On the work side, it’ll help me visualize data in VR to help me build better services and lead my organizations more effectively.

“This should be a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself. I’m looking forward to sharing what I learn over the course of the year.”

While Jarvis is a helpful and friend AI system, many are drawing comparisons to the AI Ava in last year's thriller

Ex Machina

Although both Samsung's SmartThings connected home system and Amazon's Alexa voice control system are already in existence, Zuckerberg still has a lot of progression to make. These systems might work well with individual sensors, but they do not tie everything together into a connected home in the manner we would like.

Things I would use my AI for: driving, cutting up vegetables, running out to get me a burrito, and painting my nails.

Hurry up, Zuckerberg! Humans need all the help we can get!

[Source: The Guardian]


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