mark zuckerberg at a public town hall meeting in menlo park

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.
(Photo Source: techtimes.com)