January 4, 2016 11:05 am
Updated: January 4, 2016 1:39 pm

Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution is to build an artificially intelligent butler

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made some pretty inspiring New Year’s resolutions in years past; from reading two books every month, to vowing to meet one new person a day. But this year his resolution is a little different – he wants to build an artificially intelligent butler to run his house.

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On Sunday, Zuckerberg took to his Facebook account to share his goal for the New Year, explaining his vision for a virtual assistant that would help him get things done around the house.

“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,” he wrote.

“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.”

In response to users who commented on his post, Zuckerberg noted that he has yet to name the AI system. He also added that he is only developing the system for himself – clarifying that this won’t be a new business venture.

But that’s not to say Facebook isn’t working on its own artificial intelligence software.

The company has an entire team dedicated to developing an “artificial brain” – one that it hopes to turn into a virtual personal assistant that can sort through Facebook’s mountain of photos, videos and comments. In November, the team showed off software that can analyze a photo and answer questions about what it shows, or study a picture of toy blocks and predict whether they will fall over.

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