Mark Zuckerberg Develops Jarvis: New Home AI system


You might have seen Tony Stark in Iron Man. Tony Stark, the man created numerous iron man suits in an effort to protect the world. Now Facebook Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to follow Mr. Tony Stark, but not by creating high-tech, weaponized armor. So, he has created a new home AI system: Jarvis.

Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he had completed the challenge of developing a home Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant. He named it Jarvis.

Zuckerberg has developed this new home AI with the aim of controlling his home and performing some basic tasks. For example, switching lights ON or OFF, playing music, controlling room temperature, etc.

Jarvis primarily learns the user behavior and habits to perform the tasks. It can understand synonyms and context by tracking key phrases said by the user to perform the necessary action. It also learns open-ended requests with context and user behavior to execute. For example, ‘play me music’ over time as it may use. If it did a mistake, Zuckerberg corrects it by telling how it is to be done. In this way, this new home AI learns and performs better next time.

Mark Zuckerberg shows off his Jarvis home AI

In addition to Zuckerberg, his family can also operate Jarvis. They can directly speak to the Jarvis-the home AI or communicates through a messenger bot.

Mark Zuckerberg said, “The dedicated Jarvis-app (only the iPhone is ready at present, while he is building the Android app) is always listening for instructions, similar to what Google Now and the Google Assistant do.”

Zuckerberg gives the voice of Hollywood veteran and Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman to Jarvis.

In an interview, Zuckerberg said, “More than 50,000 people suggested using Freeman’s voice when Facebook asked the public who should voice the home AI. After meeting the Hollywood star at an event, Zuckerberg sent him a request to voice the AI system, and Freeman agreed.”

But, Freeman has recorded a limited set of commands.

Zuckerberg now planning to add more capabilities to his home AI. So, he asked the public for ideas.

He said, “I would like to explore teaching Jarvis how to learn skills itself rather than having someone teach it.”

“For assistants like Jarvis to be able to control everything in homes for more people, we need more devices to be connected, and the industry needs to develop common APIs and standards for the devices to talk to each other,” he added.



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