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Mark Zuckerberg’s AI home assistant is voiced by Morgan Freeman – yes, the real Morgan Freeman

Mark Zuckerberg set himself the goal of building a home assistant using artificial intelligence this year, because of course that’s what Zuck does in his time off.

And while he succeeded with flying colours, the more important story here is that Morgan Motherflippin’ Freeman has voiced it.

Freeman, who scientists have agreed has the exact same voice as God, was voted by Zuck’s Facebook followers to be the ideal voice for his AI project in October.

And because Zuckerberg gets everything he wants (probably on account of knowing everybody’s dirty little secrets), he was able to rope the Academy Award-winning actor into taking the gig.


I think it’s safe to say that every one of our lives would be greatly improved if Morgan Freeman was the voice of our home assistant.

You’d wake up on a Monday, dreading the start of another work week and then you hear:

“Good morning, Alice. It’s 24 degrees outside and the coffee is on the boil.”

BAM. Your terrible Monday is suddenly awesome because Morgan Freeman is your cyber-butler.

Interestingly, Robert Downey Jr originally volunteered for the role of AI assistant Jarvis, but for obvious reasons, The Zuck went with Freeman.

In a chat with Fast Company, Zuckerberg revealed that he hit up Freeeman after seeing him at the Breakthrough Awards.

“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?’

And he said, ‘Yeah, sure.'”

To his credit, the Facebook CEO successfully finished building Jarvis within the year.

The AI assistant can do things like turn lights on/off, automatically open the front gate for friends and family, make toast, curate music playlists and wake up their daughter with Mandarin lessons.

Most of the commands are text-based, but a bunch of them are done through voice interactions.

“Once you can speak to it, and it can speak back, it just feels much more—I don’t want to say part of the family, because that’s too much—but it just feels more embodied, so Max just loves it,” Zuckerberg said.

No word on yet on when or if we’ll be able to get our hands on Jarvis, so you’ll just have to be content with listening to the March of the Penguins audiobook on repeat.

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