Mark Zuckerberg aims to build an 'Iron Man'-inspired AI butler

Taking a page from Tony Stark's playbook, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has set a challenge for himself in 2016: to create a J.A.R.V.I.S.-like personal assistant.

"Every year, I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook," the billionaire philanthropist (Zuckerberg, not Stark) wrote on Sunday. "My challenges in recent years have been to read two books every month, learn Mandarin and meet a new person every day.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."

Introduced in the 2008 Marvel blockbuster, J.A.R.V.I.S. -- Just A Rather Very Intelligent System -- is an advanced artificial intelligence that controls everything in Tony Stark's house, from the thermostat to security.

Presumably, this project is Zuckerberg's first step to becoming a superhero, or unleashing Ultron. Whichever comes first.

"I'm going to start by exploring what technology is already out there," he explains on Facebook. "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."

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