Remember J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s faithful AI/manservant from the Iron Man movies? Well, thanks to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, it is now a reality, and it looks like it won’t be available just for eccentric genius billionaires.
After more than 100 hours of programming, Zuckerberg has claimed on his Facebook page to have created a model of AI with which he can control his house, just like Stark’s virtual servant does.
Zuckerberg’s own Jarvis seems to be able to respond to his master’s voice, and can control the lights, heating, music and even a toaster from the 1950s that Zuckerberg has adapted for this function.
The AI even recognises people’s faces through a webcam, and can also be sent orders via smartphone.
Zuckerberg claims that building his Jarvis was “easier than I expected,” and he has tried to include some personality and humour in it, so that it is not just a void voice speaking to him. So, basically, Zuckerberg wants not-so-secretly-now to be Iron Man. As we all do.
But the best part of this is not that he has invented a Jarvis, because why would we even care about a new toy if we don’t get to play with it? Zuckerberg, being the all-around nice guy that he is, has also suggested that he will soon release the Jarvis code for free, so that we can all enjoy our own virtual servant for no money. That is, those of us who know how to set up those things.
Don’t get too excited, though: the code Zuckerberg will release is going to be of a different version of Jarvis. Did you really think he would send you the code you would need to open the door to his own mansion?