When Mark Zuckerberg’s coding and the voice of Mandarin speaking Morgan Freeman combine, you have an AI technology wonder Jarvis that is sure to blow your mind!
Mark Zuckerberg just posted an awesome video of his latest wonder in the field of Artificial Intelligence, which looks like a scene from a sci-fi movie! The system is seen to perform a host of tasks unassisted, from opening his blinds as soon as he wakes up and wishing him good morning, to entertaining his little daughter Max while Mark was sound asleep.
The system seems to control every electronic gadget in his house, such as his toaster, lighting and the security system. And we were convinced on its intelligence when the system refused to play Zuckerberg’s request of a Nickelback song since “they don’t have any good songs.”
Earlier on Monday, the Facebook founder and CEO revealed that he has been building a smart system based on AI, and name it Jarvis, a virtual butler in the movie Iron Man.
The system is something on par with Amazon’s Alexa service or Google’s Home, although this seems more of a homemade version at the moment than a system that can be commercialised. Zuckerberg claims that Jarvis can be used to automate and voice control almost everything in his house, from the music to alarm, lights and the temperature. The system can also swing open his house’s gates by recognising the guests’ faces, and just let Zuckerberg know about the arrivals.
Jarvis was part of Facebook CEO’s yearly personal growth challenge, where he planned to build an AI system and was also a way for him to return to his programming roots. He articulated this in a Facebook post,
“My goal was to learn about the state of artificial intelligence — where we’re further along than people realize and where we’re still a long ways off. These challenges always lead me to learn more than I expected, and this one also gave me a better sense of all the internal technology Facebook engineers get to use, as well as a thorough overview of home automation.”
“So far this year, I’ve built a simple AI that I can talk to on my phone and computer, that can control my home, including lights, temperature, appliances, music and security, that learns my tastes and patterns, that can learn new words and concepts, and that can even entertain Max.”
AI has been used to perform some astounding feats, from navigating driverless cars to making the smartphones smarter each day. Just a couple of weeks ago, we even saw Amazon launch its first ever counter less supermarket based on AI.
Zuckerberg elaborated that the biggest challenge he faced was to connect all his of home devices, thus create an Internet of Things. He said.
“We use a Crestron system with our lights, thermostat and doors, a Sonos system with Spotify for music, a Samsung TV, a Nest cam for Max, and of course my work is connected to Facebook’s systems. I had to reverse engineer APIs for some of these to even get to the point where I could issue a command from my computer to turn the lights on or get a song to play,” Zuckerberg wrote.
A major problem is achieving this was that most of the appliances were not connected to the Internet by default. He added on,
“For example, one thing I learned is it’s hard to find a toaster that will let you push the bread down while it’s powered off so you can automatically start toasting when the power goes on. I ended up finding an old toaster from the 1950s and rigging it up with a connected switch.”
“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,” Zuckerberg said.
Carolina Milanesi, a Creative Strategies analyst, said that Zuckerberg has built a popular digital personal assistant fulfilling “to their needs in all kind of ways from understanding to executing the command.” But both Zuckerberg, as well as Carolina, admit that the technology to achieve a truly holistic personal assistant is just not there yet.
You can learn about the concept in more detail here.
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