Man at His Best

Noted Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg Got Morgan Freeman to Voice His AI Home Assistant

It pays to be stupidly rich.

BY Sammy Nickalls | Dec 21, 2016 | Technology

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Sure, billionaire Mark Zuckerberg wants to end literally all disease by 2100, but first, he needed to knock out his ultimate goal: getting the most soothing voice in the world to voice his artificial intelligence home assistant. That's right: Mark Zuckerberg got Morgan Freeman to voice Jarvis, which does everything from teaching his daughter Mandarin to regulating the temperature of the room.

Good ol' Zuck wrote in a Facebook blog post that he's been working on Jarvis (named after Tony Stark's AI from Iron Man) for approximately a year:

"My goal was to learn about the state of artificial intelligence -- where we're further along than people realise and where we're still a long ways off. These challenges always lead me to learn more than I expected, and this one also gave me a better sense of all the internal technology Facebook engineers get to use, as well as a thorough overview of home automation."

Oddly, he didn't mention once in the blog post about his big-shot voice actor, but when you're a billionaire, why bother highlighting something like that anyway? Luckily, the video shows Morgan Freeman's Jarvis shooting a classic Zuck gray shirt across the room, so at least we get that.

 

From: Esquire US