The Zuckerberg estate recently welcomed a new employee: a JARVIS-like AI assistant who only takes orders from the man of the house. And it’s actually configured like that on purpose.As hilarious as it would be to think that Mark Zuckerberg actually did an interview where he revealed that he was the only one that was going to be giving orders to his ultra-modern smarthome, that’s not the case. The truth is that he’s still going through beta testing with his AI butler and that, for right now, it’s easier to have it configured to work with only one voice.That’s what he told the crowd he spoke to in Italy recently, anyway. I suppose it’s always possible that he really, really doesn’t want to let Priscilla Chan fiddle with the thermostat, turn lights on and off, or unlock the doors, but just look at that babyface. Is that really the face of a micromanaging megalomaniac? No way. That’s the face of a guy who just ate two slices of toast that were prepared by an AI butler (yes, it really can make toast).Once all the bugs are worked out, Zuckerberg fully intends to flip the switch so his wife can join him in the future. Being able to shout “first!” in this case just happens to be “one of the perks of being an engineer,” he says.Another thing he’ll want to do is train his AI to recognize Chan’s face so “Jarvis” knows to open their fancy motorized gate when she approaches. Right now it only recognizes Zuck, which, again… is just a perk.
September 1, 2019