Over the past year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took on a new project: building a home artificial intelligence (AI) system. His AI assistant, Jarvis, who makes toast for his wife Priscilla and plays music for his daughter Max, is voiced by none other than actor and beekeeper Morgan Freeman.

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After a year of coding, here's Jarvis.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Zuckerberg’s goal for 2016 was to create an AI system “to run my home and help me with my work.” His project seems to have been quite a success: Jarvis responds to the Zuckerberg family’s voice commands to perform actions like switching off lights, informing them of the day’s schedule, and even entertaining baby Max with Mandarin lessons while her parents wake up. Zuckerberg captured the potential of AI in a Facebook note on the project: “AI is closer to being able to do more powerful things than most people expect – driving cars, curing diseases, discovering planets…”

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Zuckerberg asked the Internet who should voice his home AI, in a Facebook post, of course. As Jarvis is inspired by Iron Man, actor Robert Downey Jr., who brings Iron Man to life in the Marvel films, offered to do the job. But out of an overwhelming 50,000 comments, many people told Zuckerberg the honor should go to Freeman. Incredibly recognizable, Freeman’s voice as Jarvis responds to Zuckerberg’s requests with humor and clarity.

Priscilla's experience with Jarvis has been a little different…

This one is based on mishaps she endured while I built Jarvis.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

You probably won’t be able to snag a Zuckerberg-created AI assistant soon. Zuckerberg told Fast Company, “It’s not a production system that’s ready to go to other people.” But he is hopeful his experience can help others working on home AI systems. Although we may be years from home AI systems, we’re a little more open to the idea if future AI speaks with Freeman’s melodious tones.

Via TechCrunch

Images via screenshot and Kim Støvring on Flickr