My exclusive chat with Mark Zuckerberg about Facebook's next 10 years. Interesting thoughts here on internet connectivity, virtual reality, and the hard thing about building an artificially intelligent toaster.
How does it make you toast?
Well, the real question is not how it makes me toast, that’s actually easy — you hook up an internet-powered [device] to the power and you trigger it. The real question, which is actually the more challenging AI problem, is when to make me toast. In the morning I’m writing all these emails, and I go for a run, and my meetings start at different times, and so I’ve built this whole thing which figures out from where I am — Am I out? Am I on a run? — when’s the right time to [make me toast] and then tell me. That still needs some work, but all the stuff is working.
One of the things that’s been pretty fun is using all the AI tools that we’ve developed at Facebook so far, just seeing how much progress we’ve made on image recognition and face recognition and object recognition and voice recognition and language understanding. The bot framework that the Messenger team is building has been really cool. If I hadn’t done this home AI project, I probably wouldn’t have had a reason to get into the code on those, which now I have. Even if I’m asking sometimes silly questions, [I get to] know more of the people, and I use more of the code. That, I think, is helpful. At home, I think the biggest impact has been that I’ve wrested control of the thermostat from Priscilla.