Mark Zuckerberg's New Year's resolution: Build an AI butler

For most of us, the start of a new year usually includes tenuous promises to eat better, hit the treadmill, read more books or visit new places.

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Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking his new year’s resolution to another level. He’s announced plans to build his own artificially intelligent assistant that can help him with work and around the house.

“You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man,” Zuckerberg, 31, wrote in a Facebook post Sunday.

In the movie, Jarvis is a digital assistant to superhero Iron Man. The name stands for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.”

Zuckerberg said he wants to build a “simple” AI assistant that can help with tasks such as answering the door, controlling room temperature and even keeping tabs on his infant daughter Max.

“This should be a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself. I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn over the course of the year,” he wrote.

Zuckerberg said that his previous “personal challenges” have included learning Mandarin, reading two books every month and meeting a new person every day.

Every year, I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook. My challenges in...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday, January 3, 2016


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