Zuckerberg aims to develop AI assistant

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Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his intention to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) this year, which will help him at work, as well as around the house.

Posting on Facebook, the famous creator of the social media site announced: “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.”

Other personal challenges he made in recent years have included learning Mandarin and reading two books every month.

The intention of building a ‘robot butler’ is to be able to have it watch over his house, his child and even help him run Facebook.

However, some scientists, including Stephen Hawking, have made their concerns about AI known. They argue that the ability of an AI to grow and develop could outpace that of humans, and consequently, an AI could become a risk to humanity.

Responding to these concerns, Mr Zuckerberg said: “I think we can build AI so it works for us and helps us. Some people fear-monger about how AI is a huge danger, but that seems far-fetched to me and much less likely than disasters due to widespread disease, violence, etc.”

As a company, Facebook has already been working to develop AI systems including computers that are able to recognise the contents of a picture.

Mr Zuckerberg concluded: “This should be a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself. I’m looking forward to sharing what I learn over the course of the year.”

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