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The beginning of the year, amongst other things, means making New Year’s resolutions. Mark Zuckerberg, known for setting himself some difficult goals, has come out with a New Year’s resolution that makes all others appear petty. The Facebook CEO is planning to built his own artificial personal assistant in 2016.
Announcing the news on his Facebook profile, Zuckerberg said that this year’s resolution theme is about invention.
“My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man” he said.
The new goal beat any other goal Zuckerberg has set for himself before. Reading two books every month, learning Mandarin and meeting a new person every day are easy goals when compared to building an artificial personal assistant but Zuckerberg is not one to back down from a challenge.
Explaining how he would go about it, Zuckerberg said that “I’m going to start by exploring what technology is already out there. 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”
Other capabilities that the personal assistant will have will include alerting Zuckerberg if anything happens in his daughter Max’s room. At work, it will assist Zuckerberg in visualising data in VR and help him to built better services and lead my organizations more effectively.
Zuckerberg has pointed out that working with engineers at Facebook, Oculus and Messenger, roles that have meant that he has had to discuss the physics of building solar-powered and satellites to beam down internet access with Internet.org, the details of the controllers of softwares on Oculus and discussing AI on Messenger has given him the needed experience and knowledge to build his own AI.
“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” He said.
It will be exciting when Mark Zuckerberg finishes the project and reveals it to the world. When that will happen is not clear.