Saturday 17 August 2019

Facebook chief Zuckerberg unveils Morgan Freeman-voiced AI assistant

Zuckerberg posted updates on his AI assistant on his Facebook page (AP)
Zuckerberg posted updates on his AI assistant on his Facebook page (AP)

Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has enlisted the help of Morgan Freeman - and taken a swipe at rock band Nickelback - while unveiling his new artificial intelligence (AI) assistant.

The social media giant's CEO unveiled "Jarvis" with a post on the project and accompanying videos on his Facebook page.

The voice interactive assistant takes its name from a similar AI device featured in the Iron Man films. Oscar-winning actor Freeman provides the voice for the new creation.

Zuckerberg can be seen in the videos using Jarvis to control lights, the thermostat and even to make toast.

It also plays music, but when asked by Zuckerberg to play some good songs by the much-maligned Canadian band, Nickelback, Jarvis replies: "There are no good Nickelback songs."

The videos feature Zuckerberg's wife Priscilla Chan and their toddler daughter, Max.

Zuckerberg calls the videos "a fun summary".

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