2. The Facebook founder said in a status update that he had set himself the goal as a challenge for the new year.
Previous challenges have included learning Mandarin and reading two books every month.
4. His plan is to build a “simple” artificial intelligence (AI) which would help run his house and his work – “kind of like Jarvis out of Iron Man”.
In the films, J.A.R.V.I.S. is an intelligent computer with a posh British voice which controls Tony Stark’s house and equipment.
6. A lot of the technology Zuckerberg needs to make his robot butler already exists. For instance, voice recognition software is already widely available.
He said: “I’ll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home – music, lights, temperature and so on.”
7. So is software for recognising faces – and in fact Facebook has been leading the way on that front.
It claims that it has software which can correctly identify human faces 97.25% of the time – humans can only manage slightly better, at 97.53%. So when Zuckerberg says “I’ll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell,” he knows he can do that with existing technology.