Morgan Freeman Is The Voice Of Mark Zuckerberg’s AI System

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Morgan Freeman Is The Voice Of Mark Zuckerberg's AI System

Morgan Freeman Is The Voice Of Mark Zuckerberg's AI System

Morgan Freeman has been selected to voice Mark Zuckerberg‘s homemade artificial intelligence assistant, after being selected in a public vote.

Zuckerberg, whose assistant is named Jarvis (a reference to Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence assistant of the same name from Iron Man), was originally going to be voiced by Robert Downey Jr. (who portrays the Marvel superhero) himself. But after taking to Facebook to get a better idea of who should actually voice the system, a number of people (over 50,000 to be exact) commented and ultimately Freeman was the chosen one.

As you will see in the video Zuckerberg offers a glimpse into how the system works, as Jarvis notifies him of when food is ready, when his child is awake, and allowing people to enter Zuckerberg’s home based on face recognition. Of course, the video is made that much better by Freeman’s soothing voice.

In an interview with Fast Company Zuckerberg talked about how following the results of the Facebook poll, he contacted Freeman to see if he would be interested in becoming the voice of Jarvis.

“Hey, I posted this thing, and…thousands of people want you to be the voice. Will you do it,” Zuckerberg recounted for the outlet. Freeman’s response? “Yeah, sure.”

Turns out that the Facebook CEO began working on this artificial intelligence system nearly a year ago, as a part of a personal growth challenge he commits to each year.

“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. These challenges always lead me to learn more than I expected, and this one also gave me a better sense of all the internal technology Facebook engineers get to use, as well as a thorough overview of home automation,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Monday.

Check out the video below.

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