It’s 2016, and Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg is starting off in an Iron Man/Tony Stark-like way by working on an AI (artificial intelligence) smart home project. On Sunday, he announced his New Year’s goal and likened it to that of Tony Stark’s Jarvis in the Iron Man Marvel movies. He even learned a new language in recent years: Mandarin. No pun intended.
Zuckerberg is already impressed with a technology that’s similar, the Amazon Echo, where it allows him to be hands-free to hold his infant daughter, Max. The Echo’s function is to provide a wireless musical experience that’s intertwined with a virtual assistant by the name of Alexa. He intends on improving upon existing AI methods by introducing into his system voice recognition, temperature, and home illumination. Zuckerberg also intends to create a home security system that uses facial recognition of his friends when they come to his door and operate the door bell. He also talks about how he’d even program it for baby monitoring, according to CNET.
“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. On the work side, it’ll help me visualize data in VR to help me build better services and lead my organizations more effectively.”
According to Zuckerberg, he figures “every challenge has a theme,” and according to his Facebook post, “this year’s theme is invention.” He even explained examples of studying existing, newer technologies such as satellites “beaming” down internet access, solar powered planes, and the Oculus. This would help Mark to at least run an organized home.
There are other smart home technologies that do exist out there that may even have similarities to the Mark Zuckerberg’s Jarvis-like system. However, the smart home AI idea is quite impressive, and Tony Stark’s ability to port over Jarvis to work with his suits is something that’s becoming a reality today when it comes to interacting with your household while away from home. Not only do smart homes exist, but smart cars as well. Do you think Zuckerberg would improve upon the smart home/smart car interface, too?
Perhaps Mark Zuckerberg could work to improve upon Vinli’s smart home technologies, too? This company intends on “fixing” the ability for smart cars to be in touch with smart homes by creating a system that will allow inter-connectivity among the existing home system platforms, according to Venture Beat.
If anyone recalls the recent hoax involving Zuckerberg, it entailed him giving away $45 million in stocks as long as a Facebook user would copy and paste a certain message, according to the Napa Valley Register. This hoax was debunked via Snopes, but hopeful social media Facebook followers sauntered on regardless of the false news involving Mark’s fortune.
With Zuckerberg intending to improve upon existing AI technologies, there are concerns of AI exceeding human intelligence. Inventor, investor, and engineer Elon Reeve Musk expressed his concerns of technology becoming too smart for humanity.
It seems there’s a reliance on technology, as some people barely looking away from their phones and cause accidents. That said, one could say it’s already a problem. But this is really the fault of the operator and not the computer. Could Zuckerberg just be contributing to a foreseeable problem based on human AI smart home interaction?
— World Economic Forum (@wef) January 4, 2016
Although Zuckerberg and other technology innovators have good intentions, perhaps the concern here is user-based? Musk emphasized the gravity of the danger that AI may cause, saying that they are “potentially more dangerous than nukes.”
Of course, the fictional spin on this is with the Codsworth robot butler in Fallout 4, where the irony there is that the Synths attempted to rise up from the ashes. With these aforementioned concerns, could Mark Zuckerberg be put in the same category as the fictional Terminator’s Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson?
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