In a Facebook town hall Q&A session at Rome, CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared his plans to demonstrate his Artificial Intelligence (AI) project, which he has named Jarvis, that he has been working on since a while. This AI is aimed to control his house and assist him with his work, and it works exclusively on Zuckerberg s commands. In the Q&A, which was also beamed live, the Facebook CEO said that he plans to demo the AI sometime in the month of September. The topic of the AI came up when one of the students present at the Q&A asked Zuckerberg about his progress on Jarvis and when could people buy one. Also Read - Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram account can get deleted if you do thisAlso Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
To that Mark Zuckerberg replied saying, it is making progress, and I hope to have a demo, hopefully next month. He says the AI has made enough progress that he can now control light, temperature and his house gates with it. Jokingly, he also mentioned, how the AI irks his wife as it is programmed to listen only to his wife and does not even respond to her commands. With a wink, he called that exclusivity ‘the perks of being an engineer’. But then later he added that he will give Priscilla the access once the project is complete. Zuckerberg says, he is very proud of the AI project that he has been able to build. Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
Besides that, the Facebook CEO says that “it’s awesome because I get to interact with all these Facebook engineers who are doing all this awesome AI work in speech recognition, in face recognition… I programmed it so now, when I walk up to my gate, I don’t have to put in a code or something like that to get in, or put in a key.” With a lot of excitement, he added, “it just sees my face and it lets me in. So that is pretty fun. There’s some state of the art AI in there. “It’s been a really cool experience so far, and I’m looking forward to showing it off next month,” Zuck added. Also read: Mark Zuckerberg meets Pope Francis, presents him miniature Aquila drone
Mark Zuckerberg had announced his plans to build the AI system back in January this year. The project was part of his annual personal challenge. 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, Zuckerberg had said in his announcement of building the AI this year. We must say from what he said, his project seems to be coming up really well. Also read: Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to focus on Artificial Intelligence in 2016
Other than the project of building an AI, which is capable of controlling his home, Zuckerberg took another challenge this year, which he himself thinks is a lot simpler than Project Jarvis, which was to run 365 miles, or an average of one mile every day this year. In the town hall Q&A, Zuck said that he is almost through with the running challenge.