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Facebook's Zuckerberg is almost ready to show off his AI

After giving the Pope a model of his internet-beaming drone, Mark Zuckerberg said that in September he'll show off what his AI system can do aside from make toast.

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Mark Zuckerberg wants to build an AI like Tony Stark's Jarvis.


While you're busy asking your Amazon Echo to tell you a joke or check out traffic conditions, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg is refining an artificial intelligence assistant to help him at home and work.

During a Facebook town hall Q&A today from Rome, Italy, Zuckerberg gave an update on the system he hopes will be like Tony Stark's Jarvis. He first discussed the AI in January as part of his annual personal challenge.

"It's starting to be able to do some pretty fun things, and I'm looking forward to being able to show it to the world," he said in the Q&A. That preview could come just a few weeks from now in September.

The AI already has some useful capabilities. Zuckerberg said through voice control, it can manipulate the temperature, lights and gate to the house. It's even been making him toast, we found out back in June.

Facebook didn't immediately respond to our request for comment regarding what Zuckerberg will do with the project once it's successfully completed.

Also while in Rome, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, a philanthropist and pediatrician, met with Pope Francis and presented the pontiff with a model of Aquila, the solar-powered, self-flying aircraft designed to bring Wi-Fi to parts of the world without internet.