Jarvis AI the Zuckerberg Way

After a year of coding, here's Jarvis.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Video: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

As 2016’s personal challenge, Mark Zuckerberg set the task before himself to build a basic AI. Referring to the Iron Man movies, called it Jarvis even though he only spent 100 to 150 hours to build it, making it much less effective than the movie’s version. Still it is a working AI made in so little time which controls basic things around the house like switching lights on and off, playing music or turn the temperature up and down.

Zuckerberg said he spent most of the time reverse engineering APIs to be able to connect his household devices to his computer. At first, he encountered problems like he wanted the lights off in one room but the program turned off all the downstairs ones making his wife mad at him for not being able to work. When he overcame the challenge to teach the AI nuances, he could also make it distinguish small things like “play someone like you from Adele”, “play someone like Adele” or “play some Adele”.

He can command the AI with his voice or by typing messages to it on his phone. It can recognize people at his gate and let them in or keep an “eye” on his one-year old daughter, Max, Zuckerberg said sometimes it just feels good to be able to say good morning to it when you wake up.

Mark actually had two challenges this year, the other being running 365 miles, which took more time than building his AI. He declared, this is not going to be a Facebook product in the future, but with Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home on the market I would say never say never…right?