Mark Zuckerberg’s AI Home Assistant Is Voiced By Morgan Freeman
Mark Zuckerberg’s latest passion project features an artificial intelligence application voiced by God- actually by the man who has voiced the big homie-Morgan Freeman.
In a Facebook video posted Tuesday (Dec. 20), the founder shared the application as it operates his home with his wife Priscilla Chan and adorable baby, Max. The AI application named Jarvis, was inspired by his appreciation of the Iron Man films. Jarvis can be operated by voice or text as seen in his attempt at a funny video.
“As the CEO of Facebook, I don’t get much time to write code in our internal environment,” Zuckerberg posted earlier this week. “I’ve never stopped coding, but these days I mostly build personal projects like Jarvis. My goal was to learn about the state of artificial intelligence where we’re further along than people realize and where we’re still a long ways off.”
In the video, Zuckerberg shares dramatizations of his troubles like wonky voice commands and technical glitches. Freeman’s voice is only heard a handful of times in the video due to the application’s accessibility to be operated through text. Freeman’s voice was actually chosen in a poll Zuckerberg posted on his page by fans in October. Robert Downey Jr. volunteered for the job, but it’s clear everyone loves the voice of God.
Fast Company reported he ran into Freeman at the Breakthrough Awards soon after and asked for permission to use his voice. “I called him after,” Zuckerberg said, “And I said, ‘Hey, I posted this thing, and…thousands of people want you to be the voice. Will you do it?’” [He said] “Yeah, sure.”
Facebook didn’t confirm or deny if the actor was paid for his services.
Check out the video below.