Mark Zuckerberg Is Building An A.I. Butler To Help Around The Home

"You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man."

Mark Zuckerberg doesn't do New Year's resolutions like the rest of us.

Instead of pledging to lose weight or give up alcohol, the Facebook founder plans in 2016 to build himself an artificially intelligent butler to help him around the home.

Zuckerberg revealed his goal to create the assistant in a Facebook post on Sunday. "You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man," he wrote.

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

The tech billionaire said he'd check out existing technology before teaching the system to understand his voice to control "everything in our home -- music, lights, temperature and so on."

Zuckerberg revealed he'll also instruct it to recognize friends' faces when they ring the doorbell -- and monitor newborn daughter Maxima's room for unusual activity when he's not with her. "On the work side, it'll help me visualize data in VR (virtual reality) to help me build better services and lead my organizations more effectively," he said.

The 31-year-old learned Mandarin and read two books every month for previous resolutions. He described the new project as a "fun intellectual challenge." And he added, "I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn over the course of the year."

The post has attracted thousands of comments, including one from a woman who said she had urged her granddaughters to "date the nerd in school" because he "may turn out to be a Mark Zuckerberg!"

The Facebook CEO had this wonderfully inspiring reply:

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Facebook began testing an artificially intelligent personal digital assistant called "M" within its Messenger service over the summer.

It answers questions with live human help, and can buy gifts online and even book restaurant tables. David Marcus, vice president of Messaging products, said in August that it was "powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people."

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