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    Facebook CEO's New Year’s Resolution: Build Artificial Intelligence

    FILE - In this March 25, 2015, file photo, CEO Mark Zuckerberg gestures while delivering the keynote address at the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco.
    FILE - In this March 25, 2015, file photo, CEO Mark Zuckerberg gestures while delivering the keynote address at the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco.
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    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says his new year’s resolution is to build a computerized robot to help him run his home.

    “My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI [artificial intelligence] to run my home and help me with my work,” he wrote in a post on his Facebook page. “You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man.”

    Zuckerberg said he will start by “exploring” the technology that is already available.

    “Then I'll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home -- music, lights, temperature and so on,” he wrote. I'll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell.”

    He added that the AI would also be used to help take care of his newborn baby, Max.

    “I'll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max's room that I need to check on when I'm not with her,” he wrote.

    Some other leading technologists such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have expressed fear of AI platforms, saying AI could end up turning on humans.

    Zuckerberg responded to those fears.

    “I think we can build AI so it works for us and helps us,” he wrote. “Some people fear-monger about how AI is a huge danger, but that seems far-fetched to me and much less likely than disasters due to widespread disease, violence, etc.”

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