Mark Zuckerberg is building a “Jarvis” personal AI

I love this and I am looking forward to seeing whether Mark Zuckerberg can build something like “Jarvis” from Iron Man; a personal AI.

I think this is going to happen in the near future and I’m looking forward to being able to talk to my home using natural language and have it do stuff for me and give me information.

We already have devices like Amazon’s Echo, Google Now and lesser services like Siri (really not that smart but the potential is there). If you start introducing really smart systems like IBM’s Watson, I think there is potential for something amazing.

Unless we create SkyNet in the process. Which would be bad.

Source: Fortune Magazine

Photo credit: Encuentro con el Sr. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO de Facebook. by Presidencia de la República Mexicana, licensed CC BY 2.0



Why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same t-shirt every day

I just watched Mark Zuckerberg’s response to a question about his t-shirt choice (apparently a similar grey t-shirt every day) and, as he said, it sounds silly but makes a lot of sense. At least, to me.

I’ve been thinking about all the choices I have in a different context and how having all those choices is pretty counter-productive. I have a lot of apps on my phone with several duplicates for a couple functions. For example, for social (personal) stuff I have –

  1. Facebook
  2. Path
  3. Google+

Of those three, Facebook is the only one with real traction for me, despite my preference for Path as a better app for social sharing (in theory, at least). I find myself wondering more and more why I still have Path and Google+ on my phone when I could still share meaningfully with just Facebook.

Take it a step in a different direction. I have Foursquare and Swarm to find friends and places to eat/shop/fill-up alongside Facebook which, although it doesn’t quite match Foursquare, covers quite a bit of ground. Maybe I could simplify some more and just use Facebook for location-based stuff too?

The same thing applies to productivity stuff too. Why bother with iWork when I use Google Apps far more anyway? I certainly don’t need Microsoft’s iOS app suite. On a related note, I’m not sure why I still have Simplenote or Drafts when I am pretty much an Evernote person for the most part with Byword for plain text notes (or perhaps Byword should give way to Drafts which is much more flexible anyway).

I could probably cut back on the apps on my devices by half to two thirds if I stopped thinking “I might want to use that one day” and really streamline my decisions when I just want to do something.

Do I really want to have to decide between 3 or 4 photo apps when I just want to take a photo?

I think Zuckerberg is right. It does sound silly when he explains why he wears a similar grey t-shirt every day but why waste that time and those thought cycles on deciding which t-shirt to wear when you have so much bigger and more important decisions to make?