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Mark Zuckerberg's New Year's resolution is straight from a superhero comic book

The Facebook CEO wants to build an AI system like ‘Jarvis from Iron Man’.

Tony Stark works with his Jarvis system in the Iron Man movie series.
Tony Stark works with his Jarvis system in the Iron Man movie series.
Image: Youtube/FilmIsNow Movie Bloopers & Extras

MARK ZUCKERBERG WANTS his 2016 to be about ‘invention’ and he’s planning to build his own artificial intelligence system to see that challenge through.

The multi-billionaire CEO of Facebook says his dream AI system would be ‘kind of like Jarvis from Iron Man’.

Zuckerberg recently became a father for the first time and his plan will also see the AI system keeping an eye on his new daughter Maxima.

Writing on his personal Facebook page, the 31-year-old set out his idea:

Every year, I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook. My challenges in recent years have been to read two books every month, learn Mandarin and meet a new person every day.

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.

I’m going to start by exploring what technology is already out there. 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 visualise data in VR to help me build better services and lead my organisations more effectively.

Every challenge has a theme, and this year’s theme is invention.

Zuckerberg made reference to his challenge last year to read two books a month. This pledge spawned the Mark Zuckerberg book club in 2015 when followers joined him in reading books that were selected to promote learning about different cultures.

Mark Zuckerberg's new baby Source: Chris Ratcliffe

In this year’s post, Zuckerberg has also gave a flavour of the type of work he does day-to-day before adding that his AI challenge is something more personal.

“But it’s a different kind of rewarding to build things yourself, so this year my personal challenge is to do that,” he says.

Zuckerberg also responded to a range of comments underneath his post.

One answer he gave to a grandmother has gone down particularly well.

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