As is his yearly tradition, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has shared an ambitious New Year's resolution: become Tony Stark. OK, so maybe the new dad doesn't want to fly around in a powered exoskeleton, but he does want his own Jarvis. (Don't we all?)
The Facebook founder announced his 2016 goal to build a "simple" Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help him around the house and with his work, akin to Jarvis, Tony Stark's hyper-intelligent computer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"I'm going to start by exploring what technology is already out there," he wrote in a lengthy Facebook letter. "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. 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."
The tech billionaire said the motivation behind this year's personal challenge was the reward of building things yourself. But let's not forget what happened when Tony Stark tried to better the world by building something himself in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." As a result of his reckless ambition, Stark created Ultron, a powerful AI that went rogue and nearly destroyed the world.
The fear that rogue AI could one day threaten the human race is nothing new. Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has publicly expressed his thoughts on the perils of artificial intelligence, likening it to a nuclear war in 2014. But Zuckerberg is rejecting those fears and channeling his innovating spirit into something that could one day change our everyday existence.
According to the Financial Times, Zuckerberg is taking this year's personal goal very seriously. Facebook has already set up three artificial intelligence labs, in Silicon Valley, New York and Paris, and the company's high-profile hires include machine learning pioneer Yann LeCun.
But will your fancy AI have a smooth British accent, Mr. Zuckerberg? Because that's very important to the overall MCU aesthetic.