Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unveils plan for artificially intelligent butler

Mr Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.
Mr Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Facebook Inc founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wants to build an artificially intelligent assistant this year to help run his home and assist him at work.

Mr Zuckerberg, who commits to a new personal challenge every year, revealed his plan in a Facebook post.

"You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man," he wrote, referring to an artificially intelligent butler who appears in the Marvel comic books and movies.

He will start the project by exploring existing technology, he wrote.

He will then begin teaching the technology to understand his voice so that it will learn to control everything in his home, such as music, lights and temperature.

Mr Zuckerberg's plans also include teaching the assistant to let friends into his home by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell. The assistant will also visualise data to support him at work.

"This should be a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself," Mr Zuckerberg wrote. "I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn over the course of the year."

Other challenges Mr Zuckerberg has taken on in recent years have included reading two books every month and learning Mandarin.