Coming off the heels of yesterday's post detailing a project to build his own home AI, Mark Zuckerberg is back today with a goofy proof-of-concept video showing off an idealized version of how his Jarvis system actually works.
The video showcases some of the actual tasks that Jarvis can theoretically perform, but the whole thing comes off as a fancy version of Amazon Echo, albeit with a healthy dose of Morgan Freeman (who provides Jarvis's voice). As yesterday’s FastCo report shows, the system isn't quite as functional as the video portrays, but it's still an interesting look into the Zuckerberg's robot assistant, even if it's a far cry from imitating the actual Jarvis from Marvel's Iron Man movies.
Zuckerberg is also no Tony Stark, at least when it comes to cinematic charisma. The video is full of Zuckerberg's awkward presentation, including dad jokes, a 2001: A Space Odyssey reference, and a Nickelback jab. Things like Zuckerberg's earnest question to his house AI, pondering "Who should we tickle next?" come across... weirdly.
But hey, at least the T-shirt cannon is cool.
Update December 20th, 4:45PM: Mark Zuckerberg has posted a second video, showcasing a presumably fictionalized account of how his wife, Priscilla Chan, has dealt with having Jarvis installed. Arnold Schwarzenegger also appears as the original voice of Jarvis. You will still cringe at the attempts at humor.