While the rest of the world contemplates a new health regimen or better money management to start off 2016, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has loftier goals in mind. In a January 3 , Zuckerberg discussed his personal goal of coding his very own artificial intelligence to help him with daily life.
“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 wrote. “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.”
Zuckerberg, 31, and his wife Pricilla Chan welcomed their daughter Max Chan Zuckerberg back in November, after a long and public struggle with infertility, and looks like his AI would help with security, the home front and baby care as well.
“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 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.”
Zuckerberg plans to spend the year writing the code himself and is looking forward to sharing the experience.
Now, if you ask us, the real game changer would be if he could teach the AI how to change diapers. We could all get behind that.
Maia Efrem is the former research editor and assistant to the editor and was also responsible for the Forward’s annual Salary Survey. Previously she served as the editor of Blognik Beat, a blog written by students who emigrated from or have ties to the Former Soviet Union. Maia is a graduate of Hunter College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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