Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that he writes code for a computer-controlled virtual assistant that operates things inside his house like lights and music. Zuck has named the assistant Jarvis, after the intelligent computer assistant in the Iron Man film series.
He has also revealed that not only it can control his home, but can also entertain his daughter Max, and even fire him a trademark gray t-shirt.
‘My personal challenge for 2016 was to build a simple AI to run my home — like Jarvis in Iron Man,’ said Zuckerberg. ‘My goal was to learn about the state of artificial intelligence – where we’re further along than people realize and where we’re still long ways off.
‘So far this year, I’ve built a simple AI that I can talk to on my phone and computer, that can control my home, including lights, temperature, appliances, music and security, that learns my tastes and patterns, that can learn new words and concepts, and that can even entertain Max.’
To create the AI, Zuckerberg was able to use Facebook’s internal tools. ‘It uses several artificial intelligence techniques, including natural language processing, speech recognition, face recognition, and reinforcement learning, written in Python, PHP and Objective C,’ he explained.
The system is modeled 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.