Facebook founder, Mark Zukerberg, on Tuesday, introduced Jarvis to the world. Jarvis is a home assistant with a difference – he isn’t human, but an app. This software was developed by the tech entrepreneur to meet a variety of needs around the house, from turning off the light, adjusting the room temperature to one that is favourable, preparing meals and even supplying Mark with a change of clothes.
Jarvis responds to Mark’s voice and talks back to him, lets guests in after a facial identification, it also alerts him of his schedule and things going on within the house, for instance, when Max, Mark’s daughter with wife Priscilla, woke from sleep, Jarvis informed Mark about it. There is very little that Jarvis cannot do around the house as can be seen in the video shared by Mark.
While the app was still being built, Priscilla, Mark’s wife, encountered some issues with it initially. At first, the app only responded to Mark’s voice, completely ignoring Priscilla’s instructions. She also complained that the voice used earlier was a bit aggressive (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice). Modifications were made afterwards to create what Mark introduced to the world yesterday; a friendly, helpful software which detects your needs as a family and meets them – and sometimes refuses them if it doesn’t approve.
Watch the video below to see Jarvis’ reply after Mark asked it to play some good Nickelback songs.
6 Ways The Jarvis App Works
1. Control his main appliances, including his lights and toaster
2. Play music based on his or his wife’s preferences, depending on who asks
3. Scan the faces of his visitors and let them in through the front door
Zuckerberg created his own Messenger chatbot for texting commands to his assistant — like “turn the bedroom lights off” — and another standalone app for giving it voice commands.
5. Talk to him like a human being and tell jokes
Zuckerberg with Max, his daughter, and Beast, his dog. Facebook/ Mark Zuckerberg
6. While the assistant is too tied to his own home now, Zuckerberg is considering creating a different version to give away or become a “foundation to build a new product.”
In his post explaining how Jarvis works, Zuckerberg wrote that “over time it would be interesting to find ways to make this available to the world.”