Mark Zuckerberg hopes to demo his AI butler next month
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday that he hopes to finally demo a butler powered by artificial intelligence next month after making it his New Year’s challenge to build the service.
“One of the challenges was to build an AI system to help me control my home and my work, and the other was to run an average of one mile a day. It turns out that one of those challenges was a lot easier than the other,” Zuckerberg said in a town hall event in Italy.
Zuckerberg accomplished the year-long running challenge five months early.
The Facebook founder said he has successfully programmed his AI butler to open the gate to his house by scanning his face rather than entering a code. Zuckerberg can also control the lights inside and adjust the temperature using his voice, “much to the chagrin of my wife.”
In his original post announcing the project, Zuckerberg said he wanted to build an assistant “like Jarvis in Iron Man” that would let him control music, lights and temperature in his house using his voice and alert him to anything that might need his attention in his daughter’s room.