While some of the technology used by Tony Stark in the "Iron Man" films may seem a bit far-fetched (we doubt we'll be getting the type of suit the superhero sports anytime soon), other innovations are actually closer to attainment than previously thought. That includes Jarvis, the artificial intelligence system that acts as Stark's personal assistant and confidant. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is on a mission to create a Jarvis-style system for his house, and it turns out that none other than Iron Man himself is interested in helping out with the project.
Zuckerberg first announced the challenge earlier this year, when he wrote on Facebook that he was exploring how to code an A.I. system -- just like Jarvis, he said -- that would help him run his home. The ideal technology would "control everything," Zuckerberg wrote, including music, lights, heating, and even scanning the faces of guests who ring the doorbell to decipher who to let inside.
On Thursday, the tech giant updated his Facebook followers on the project, writing, "It's time to give my AI Jarvis a voice." Commenters suggested a host of famous faces for the gig, including Jarvis voice actor Paul Bettany, "Terminator" star Arnold Schwarzenegger, and upcoming Marvel star Benedict Cumberbatch. Several people threw in their support for the actor behind Tony Stark/Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. -- and then Downey himself replied.
"I'll do in a heartbeat if Bettany gets paid and donates it to a cause of Cumberbatch's choosing...that's the right kind of STRANGE!" the actor wrote.
"This just got real," Zuckerberg responded.
We'll have to wait and see if the pair do indeed collaborate on the project, though it certainly seems like a fitting pairing. Make this happen, Zuckerberg. (And please share the final product with the rest of us when it's done.)