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Facebook’s Zuckerberg unveils Morgan Freeman-voiced AI assistant


    Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, spoke at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum on Nov. 19 in Lima, Peru. Zuckerberg unveiled his new artificial intelligence assistant named “Jarvis” in a Facebook post on Dec. 19.

PALO ALTO, Calif. >> 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.”

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  • Is Jarvis the AI, equiped with a Morgan Freeman “Snooze” Mode? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ,that’s Morgan Freeman Snoring during a very important television interview Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  • Jarvis, Cortana, Siri, OK Google while good attempts by the tech companies to bring tech into our every day life. Sad to say until they give the user to select the name their AI assistant responds to, they are not going to make it. I mean how many times are you going to say “OK Google” before you get tired of the advertising moniker.

    Users need the ability to set their own name for the assistant. People are just itching to call it “Hal” from the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey. What ever name they want.

    How hard can this be? Open the pod bay doors please Hal.

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