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Mark Zuckerberg To Spend His Paternity Leave Building Our Future Robot Overlord

Sounds like somebody's already (dangerously) bored by just sitting around the house.

As is the wont of dudes who make billions in their early 20s, The Zuck likes to challenge himself.

Just ask him:

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.

See? Books, languages and self-enforced basic human interaction; the guy really puts himself through the grinder.

But with 2016 kicking off, The Zuck has some serious time on his hands what with his paternity leave. So what's the big challenge for the '16?

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

While this challenge does seem a bit creepy (the whole "building a robot rain to observe your sleeping newborn daughter" thing) and flies in the face of all the AI-related dystopian future warnings coming from none other than noted-luddites like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, Zuckerberg's 2015 project does have the possibility to dovetail nicely into his 2017 challenge: Overthrowing the robot overlord created from his own hands.


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