To begin 2016, genius, billionaire, philanthropist, and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, revealed that one of his personal challenges for this year was to build a J.A.R.V.I.S.-like A.I. — as seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — to run his home and help him with his work.
"I'm going to start by exploring what technology is already out there," he wrote in January. "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."
Well, that was nine long months ago and apparently Zuckerberg has made quite a bit of progress. On Thursday, he let it be known that he is ready to give his A.I. a voice.
"It's time to give my AI Jarvis a voice," Zuckerberg wrote on his official Facebook page. "Who should I ask to do it?"
After one commenter suggested Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. or Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch, Downey jumped into the conversation and immediately offered his services. Though, he did have one stipulation. Paul Bettany, the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., and Cumberbatch, must benefit from his efforts.
"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!" he wrote.
Zuckerberg responded, "This just got real."