– by Joseph Jammer Medina

So this doesn’t qualify as movie news, I know, but it’s still pretty fun nonetheless. 

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO and the central figure in David Fincher’s The Social Network, has teased that he wants to make his own J.A.R.V.I.S.-style AI for his home. For the uninitiated, that’s an Iron Man reference, as Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark basically had the coolest virtual butler ever when he invented J.A.R.V.I.S. (voiced by Paul Bettany).

Nine months ago, Zuckerberg posted the following: 

“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.”

Sounds pretty nifty, no? Well, it sounds like Zuckerberg has made some serious progress since January. He took to his Facebook page again and this time wrote:

It’s time give my Jarvis AI a voice. Who I should I ask to do it?”

A follower, running with the Iron Man theme, suggested and tagged Robert Downey Jr. and wouldn’t you know it? The merry prankster responded!

The poster had suggested Downey Jr. and fellow Marvel star Benedict Cumberbatch (who’s about to make his debut as Doctor Strange), and so the actor had some fun with the suggestion. He wrote:

“I’ll do in a heartbeat if Bettany gets paid and donates it to a cause of Cumberbatch’s choosing…that’s the right kind of STRANGE!”

Zuckerberg’s response?

This just got real.

Funny stuff. Let’s see what comes of it, and if Zuckerberg really is prepared to introduce a J.A.R.V.I.S.-style AI to the world. 

SOURCE: Comic Book

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.