It’s finally here: 2016.
Many people make New Year’s resolutions in hopes of reaching goals over the course of the year ahead. Sometimes those goals are small. Sometimes those goals are big. Sometimes those goals are Mark Zuckerberg’s, who has just resolved to build an AI system to run his house, saying it will be “kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man.”
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. 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.
Every challenge has a theme, and this year’s theme is invention.
For those not familiar with Iron Man, here is a clip from the movie featuring Jarvis in action:
When Zuckerberg says he is going to build it, he truly means it, calling it “a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself.”
The Zuck is no stranger to making and following through on interesting annual resolutions. Recent years have included reading two books every month, learn Mandarin, and meeting a new person every day. We can’t claim to know who he meets daily, but his “book club” of sorts grew tremendously profitable and in October 2015 he delivered a 20-minute speech in Mandarin.
We can’t wait to see what he comes up with to control his house and can only hope that it leverages Android.
What words of advice would you have for Zuckerberg? What would you want him to build? How would you want it to work? Let us know in the comments!