Each year, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, sets himself an ambitious task for the twelve months ahead.
In recent years, he has committed to read two books a month, learn Mandarin and meet a new person each day.
But this year’s task is among the most challenging yet – build an AI butler like Jarvis from Iron Man.
In a blog posted last night, Zuckerberg revealed that he completed the task in just 100 hours – less time than it took him to run 365 miles.
Jarvis can control many aspects of Zuckerberg’s home, including the lights, heating, AC, appliances, music and security.
He even developed a food dispenser for the family dog Beast and a t-shirt cannon that fires out his iconic grey t-shirts on request.
The system works on voice commands via an iOS app and text commands via a chatbot hosted in Facebook Messenger.
Many home assistants, including Google Home and Amazon Echo, rely on speech commands.
But Zuckerberg said that he thought text commands would ultimately prove more popular.
“One thing that surprised me about my communication with Jarvis is that when I have the choice of either speaking or texting, I text much more than I would have expected,” Zuckerberg wrote.
“This is for a number of reasons, but mostly it feels less disturbing to people around me.”
Zuckerberg said we’re closer and further to real AI than he’d imagined. “AI is closer to being able to do more powerful things than most people expect ― driving cars, curing diseases, discovering planets, understanding media.
“Those will each have a great impact on the world, but we’re still figuring out what real intelligence is.”
Robots that can deliver other robots:
Amazon Prime Air is a drone delivery service which the company is currently testing. The company aims to deliver products within just 30 minutes of the customer pressing the 'order' button. (AP Photo/Amazon)
Robots that could soon be saving lives:
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The robot 'CHIMP' developed by Team Tartan Rescue from the US prepares to complete a task during the finals of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. It is hoped that these robots will eventually replace emergency services workers during events like the Fukushima nuclear disaster. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Robots that can carry your stuff:
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A robotic cheetah runs during a demonstration at the finals of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. DARPA's four-legged robots have been designed to carry supplies and ammunition for the US Army. Capable of travelling over tough terrain the hope is that these will eventually replace the need for trucks or small vehicles. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Robots that can kill:
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A sentry robot freezes a hypothetical intruder by pointing its machine gun during its test in Cheonan. South Korea unveiled a high-tech, machine gun-toting sentry robot that could support its troops in detecting and killing intruders along the heavily fortified border with North Korea. The weapons-grade robot can detect, raise the alarm and provide suppressive fire. (KIM DONG-JOO/AFP/Getty Images)
Robots that can race each other:
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Japan's motorcycle maker Yamaha Motor introduces the prototype model of a motorcycle riding robot 'Motobot' during a press preview at the Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo on 28, 2015. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Robots that are toys:
The Sphero BB-8 remote controlled droid is on display at CES Unveiled, a media preview event for CES International, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Las Vegas. The robot is controlled by an app for a mobile device. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Robots that will do your weekly shop:
A new delivery drone company plans to revolutionise the way we do our shopping by replacing your weekly trip to Sainsbury's with a tiny delivery robot which will bring your fruit and veg straight to your door. (Starship Technologies)