Mark Zuckerberg wants to live a bit more like Tony Stark. In a post on Facebook this afternoon, Zuckerberg wrote that he intends to build an AI that can run his home and present him with virtual reality visualizations of his work. "You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man," Zuckerberg writes.
AI that can run a home and create virtual reality visualizations
Zuckerberg's vision starts basic but gets a lot more ambitious. "I'm going to start by exploring what technology is already out there," he writes. That should be able to handle his initial goals, like controlling "music, lights, temperature, and so on." He also wants this system to recognize when friends are at the front door and let them in, alert him if his newborn daughter needs attention, and do all of this only when it recognizes the person speaking. For the most part, that's all doable even for the non-billionaire home builder. Zuckerberg has already found one product that he likes: "For just music, the Amazon Echo is pretty great. It's been very useful for controlling music with my voice while both hands are occupied taking care of Max."
The more challenging aspects of the project include making it work without direct input by him or Priscilla Chan, his wife. "I'm very interested in using voice and face recognition to set lights and temperature as well depending on who is in what rooms, etc," he writes. "For example, I like rooms colder than Cilla, and but it's possible to just see who is in what room and adjust the temperatures automatically."
The really interesting part of Zuckerberg's AI plan is when it moves past standard smart home controls and into his work. Describing the "simple AI" that he intends to build, Zuckerberg writes, "On the work side, it'll help me visualize data in VR to help me build better services and lead my organizations more effectively." That's certainly a bolder goal that should require more than off the shelf software and products. Then again, Zuckerberg may be able to get some tips from fellow billionaire Elon Musk, who has already demonstrated how his work setup is similar to Tony Stark's lab, letting him use gestures and projections to manipulate rocket parts.
Zuckerberg plans to share his progress along the way. This project is the latest in his series of annual challenges, which have included learning Mandarin, reading two books every month, and personally killing every animal that he eats.