Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal projects has been to build an artificially intelligent, voice-controlled assistant for his home.
Now that he’s finished the first version of his own “Iron Man”-inspired Jarvis, he’s considering giving away the code he created.
In a lengthy facebook post in December last year 2016, Zuckerberg described how he went about creating his digital butler for his home in San Francisco. He spent a total of 100 hours building the assistant, which can control his lights and music and even make toast with a retrofitted toaster from the 1950s.
“In some ways, this challenge was easier than I expected,” Zuckerberg wrote. “In fact, my running challenge (I also set out to run 365 miles in 2016) took more time. But one aspect that was much more complicated than I expected was simply connecting and communicating with all of the different systems in my home.”
Here are the main things Zuckerberg’s personal assistant can do:
Control his main appliances, including his lights and toaster
Play music based on his or his wife’s preferences, depending on who asks
Chat with him through the Messenger app and a dedicated voice-recognition iPhone app
Talk to him like a human being and tell jokes
Scan the faces of his visitors and let them in through the front door
While the assistant is too tied to his own home now, Zuckerberg is considering creating a different version to give away or become a “foundation to build a new product.”
In his post explaining how Jarvis works, Zuckerberg wrote that “over time it would be interesting to find ways to make this available to the world.”
“I considered open sourcing my code, but it’s currently too tightly tied to my own home, appliances and network configuration. If I ever build a layer that abstracts more home automation functionality, I may release that. Or, of course, that could be a great foundation to build a new product.”
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Source: Businessinsider.com, CNNMoney