Facebook CEO and co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg has built an artificial intelligence application for his home. The AI is voiced by veteran actor, Morgan Freeman.
So, Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa and now, Facebook has Jarvis. Jarvis is inspired by Iron Man.
In October, when Zuckerberg asked his followers for suggestions on who should be voice of Jarvis, Morgan Freeman topped the list.
CNN reports that Mark Zuckerberg personally called Freeman to ask him to do it.
Like Amazon’s Alexa, Jarvis can be activated by voice (or by text) and connect with various objects in the home.
How Jarvis works
In a video posted by Zuckerberg, Jarvis is adjusting thermostats, making toast for breakfast and buzzing Zuckerberg’s parents into his home by recognizing their faces.
Jarvis can also play music on command — or choose not to, as the case may be.
“Play us some good Nickleback songs,” Zuckerberg asks in the video. “I’m sorry Mark, I’m afraid I can’t do that”. Jarvis responds with Freeman’s iconic voice. “There are no good Nickleback songs.”
Zuckerberg however noted that the video is intended to be a “fun summary and not a live demo”.
CNN reports that the actual demo provided to Fast Company proved to have a few more glitches when turning off lights and playing music.
In a Facebook post this week, Zuckerberg wrote: “As the CEO of Facebook, I don’t get much time to write code in our internal environment. I’ve never stopped coding, but these days I mostly build personal projects like Jarvis”.
In the future, Zuckerberg hopes to build an Android app for Jarvis and connect it to more appliances and rooms in his home.
He added: “My goal was to learn about the state of artificial intelligence where we’re further along than people realize and where we’re still a long ways off.”