Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's challenge to himself for 2016 was to build a personal assistant for his home. On Monday, he revealed that the project was almost complete and explained in brief how he created Jarvis -- the name for his personal assistant, inspired by a similar device with the same name in the movie, Ironman -- along with the difficulties he faced in the process.
Jarvis, basically, is like a personal butler who is at hand at home to carry out your tasks, small and big. Except that Jarvis is not a physical entity, but a computer that employs Artificial Intelligence. You can talk to and text Jarvis and tell him to do things, you can hear him talk and answer back, but you can't see him -- just like Jarvis in Ironman or HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Today, Zuckerberg has posted a video of Jarvis in action. The most surprising element? Jarvis' voice is that of the legendary actor, Morgan Freeman.
The video shows Jarvis doing a bunch of things, from waking up Zuckerberg in the morning to making him toast for breakfast. (He tells Jarvis to make him toast and next we see the toast popping out of the toaster.) It can even change its voice in case of an alert. The video also shows Jarvis handing Zuckerberg out his trademark gray t-shirt in the morning or, rather, shooting the rolled t-shirt at him from a contraption.
Jarvis also recognizes people visiting Zuckerberg at the door and informs him. It notifies him when his daughter Max is awake in the next room. And when Zuckerberg asked him to play a good Nickleback song, Jarvis curtly let him know that there is no "good" Nickleback song.
On occasion in the video, Zuckerberg's partner Priscilla Chan seems distinctly underwhelmed by Jarvis. The video shows that while he is quite cool and nifty, Jarvis is a work in progress.
While Zuckerberg has not announced any plans so far to launch the personal assistant commercially, he is open to ideas on implementation. Artificial Intelligence has become an integral part of Facebook, especially after they declared the bot platform for messengers open at the F8 conference this year.