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Mark Zuckerberg is building his own J.A.R.V.I.S. assistant

Mark Zuckerberg takes the New Year resolution very seriously, from learning Mandarin to reading two books a month, the 31-year-old billionaire has set a new bar for resolutions.

His 2016 resolution is to develop an artificial intelligence system (AI) to assist him around work and home, as reported by CNN online.

"My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work," the Facebook CEO posted on Sunday. "You can think of it kind of like J.A.R.V.I.S. in “Iron Man”," he adds.

Many people are still cautious when it comes to artificial intelligent systems as it might malfunction and go wrong, but Zuckerberg plans to implement security features.

A Facebook user commented on Zuckerberg's post saying, "Just don't accidentally create Skynet," referring to the self-aware killer robot from the “Terminator” movies, but he assured his followers that AI can be developed responsibly.

"I think we can build AI so it works for us and helps us. Some people fear-monger about how AI is a huge danger, but that seems far-fetched to me and much less likely than disasters due to widespread disease, violence, etc," he wrote in response to another comment.

The computer programmer plans to utilise existing AI technology and program it to recognise people, anticipate their needs and have control over everything from music to the temperature.

"I'm very interested in using voice and face recognition to set lights and temperature as well depending on who is in what rooms, etc. For example, I like rooms colder than [my wife,] but it's possible to just see who is in what room and adjust the temperatures automatically," he wrote in a comment.

He and wife, Priscilla Chan, recently gave birth to a baby girl, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg last November.

"I'll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell," Zuckerberg wrote. "I'll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max's room that I need to check on when I'm not with her."

Having experience developing AI machines, such as the auto-response help chat on Messenger, Zuckerberg plans to develop his personal assistant himself rather than the help of his team of engineers.

The man is known for having bold targets, he recently delivered a speech in Mandarin which he started learning as part of his 2010 resolution. Last year he committed himself to reading two books a month and finished the year with 23 books.

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