At home with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his AI assistant Jarvis

Mark Zuckerberg took the unusual step of inviting the world into his living room on Facebook today to showcase and illustrate his ongoing commitment to AI with his own personal AI system named Jarvis.

In a kind of 'clap on, clap off 'moment, the CEO of Facebook can not only make the lights go off and on but his AI system can speak Mandarin to his little baby in a soothing voice. The voice is Morgan Freeman. Jarvis can also tell him when his toast is ready and when his parents are knocking on the door.

According to a recent article in Fast Company, over the past year Zuckerberg has spent between 100 to 150 hours on his home project. Still getting the kinks out, one of the features that Zuckerberg is most proud of is its ability to learn his and wife’s musical tastes. However, currently the Zuckerberg family is listening to mainly nursery rhymes. "Heh, I am a Dad, this is what I am into now," Zuckerberg says as he defends himself to the camera, as any young father would when the world realizes he listens to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Although Zuckerberg tries to showcase every detail of Jarvis, after a year of coding the Jarvis system is not able to perform every task to perfection - but he has built a remarkable product.

"It’s not a production system that’s ready to go to other people," he stresses in the interview. "But if I couldn’t build a system that can at least do what Echo and Home can, I probably would have been pretty disappointed in myself," he said in the interview.

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Laurie Fullerton

Laurie Fullerton is a writer based in Boston, MA with a background in business, sports, community, medical and travel writing. She has been a newspaper editor in the Boston-area, a sports writer covering yacht racing and a community reporter. She has been reporting for The Drum since October 2015.

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