Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg unveils Morgan Freeman-voiced AI assistant

FILE PHOTO - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, speaks at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru. Zuckerberg unveiled his new artificial intelligence assistant named "Jarvis" in a Facebook post on Dec. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) – Mark Zuckerberg has enlisted the help of Morgan Freeman and taken a shot at Nickelback while unveiling his new artificial intelligence assistant.

The Facebook founder and CEO showed off “Jarvis” with a post on the project and videos on his Facebook page.

The voice interactive assistant takes its name from a similar AI device in the “Iron Man” films. Freeman provides its voice.

Zuckerberg can be seen in the videos using Jarvis to control lights, the thermostat and even make toast. It also plays music, but when asked by Zuckerberg to play some good songs by the much derided Canadian band, Nickelback, Jarvis replies: “There are no good Nickelback songs.”

The videos feature his wife Priscilla Chan and their toddler daughter, Max.

Zuckerberg calls the videos “a fun summary.”

FILE PHOTO - In this March 1, 2016 file photo, actor Morgan Freeman attends the LA Premiere of "London Has Fallen," in Los Angeles. Freeman is adding another lifetime achievement prize to his mantelpiece. AARP said Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, the actor will receive its Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award at a gala ceremony next year. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
FILE PHOTO – In this March 1, 2016 file photo, actor Morgan Freeman attends the LA Premiere of “London Has Fallen,” in Los Angeles. Freeman is adding another lifetime achievement prize to his mantelpiece. AARP said Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, the actor will receive its Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award at a gala ceremony next year. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

 


“Fast Company” Article: “At Home with Mark Zuckerberg and Jarvis, the AI Assistant He Built for His Family”

 

 

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