Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg to build own AI

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Mark Zuckerberg to build own AIThere has been a lot of predictions recently about how 2016 is going to be huge for AI (Artifical Intelligence) and VR (Virtual Reality) So the announcement that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is going to build his own AI (Similar to Jarvis in Iron Man) as his own personal challenge this year shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.

Mark announced on his Facebook profile page that every year he sets himself a challenge and every challenge has a theme, this year’s challenge is invention.  And that is to build himself a simple AI to run his home and help him with his work.  Slightly different from a previous year’s challenge which was to read 2 books a month or one that was to meet a new person everyday.

Mark said that his A.I is going to be like Jarvis in Iron Man.  Jarvis stands for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System and is a highly advancedcomputerised A.I which was developed by Tony Stark (Marvel) to control everything in Tony’s house, which is basically what Mark said he wants.

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 visualize data in VR to help me build better services and lead my organizations more effectively.

Mark Zuckerberg to build own AI

Artificial Intelligence to take over the world

Having only just watched the movie Ex Machina about a coder testing out an android with artificial intelligence  and also the series Humans which explores the themes of artificial intelligence and robots and how A.I will transform the way we live,  I found this announcement doubly amusing and fascinating.

Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement did make me think about the ongoing debate about artificial intelligence will eventually take over the world.

Many people, let us call them Tech alarmists have been reported expressing their concern that this technology can threaten mankind.   Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking , Steve Wozniak   and even Bill Gates have all made statements warning of the dangers posed by developing human-like intelligence in computer systems.

Many others are convinced that these systems will put humans out of work, you can understand their fear, but I believe that the combination of human and computer superintelligence can also give us work and help us to solve the worlds problems.

Whatever happens,  this is going to be the biggest game changer ever!  I am excited and can’t wait to see what this year brings, and again I hope that I am still around to see the big changes that are going to happen. We’ve been waiting long enough…


AI around for decades

There has been so many films about AI dominance, where robots take over civilization, in fact these scenarios have been played out for decades, in Sci-Fi books, plays and movies.  And also films about AI that are not so sinister.

I checked out what the Guardian said were the top 20 Artifical intelligence films. 

Amazing that Metropolis – dates from 1927 and was the influence for Superman and others such as Blade Runner.

  1. Ex Machina
  2. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  3. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. Metropolis
  6. Interstella
  7. I, Robot
  8. The Matrix
  9. RoboCop
  10. Short Circuit
  11. The Terminator
  12. Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
  13. Blade Runner
  14. The Machine
  15. Star Wars
  16. Star Trek: Generations
  17. Her
  18. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  19. Tron
  20. Wall-E

I was surprised to find out that not only have I seen most of these films but they are also in my own favorite top 20 films. Which ones have you seen?