Mark Zuckerberg Plans To Build Robot To Take Care Of Newborn And House

Bronwyn Isaac | January 4, 2016 - 5:30 pm

Mark Zuckerberg is no stranger to the possibilities and development of AI technology, as Facebook itself has been working on AI systems, but the Facebook founder and CEO plans to expand his personal knowledge in 2016.  His New Year’s resolution, as posted on Facebook, is to build a Smarthouse of sorts — an AI system that can be voice activated to assist in house maintenance, childcare, and eventually help him run Facebook itself.

Of his ambitious New Years goal, Zuckerberg said: “My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man.”

Zuckerberg plans to commence his research by investigating existing technologies that can be expanded or linked for his project — WiFi- connected speakers, lights, and  technology that can already harness the internet for its intelligence.

“I’m going to start by exploring what technology is already out there,” Zuckerberg said. “Then I’ll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home – music, lights, temperature and so on. I’ll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell.”

People who fear an impending robot apocalypse, or on a smaller scale — the intense surveillance already brought about by increasing technology — expressed concern about Zuckerberg’s cavalier attitude towards embracing AI.

Zuckerberg assured dissenting commenters, saying: “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.”

I would have to agree with Zuckerberg there. I’m far more terrified of what he’s doing with my information on Facebook than the possibility of him building an AI for his house that hulks into Skynet.

(Independent)