Friday, January 08, 2016

Facebook CEO’s New AI Hobby: Lots of Late Nights, Experts Say - Digits - WSJ

Facebook competitors are no doubt hoping he'll start from scratch...
"Given the time commitment, the shortest path would be to modify existing gadgets that connect to Internet apps, Mr. Mortensen said. Mr. Zuckerberg “might be better off buying an Amazon Echo, a handful of Philips Hue remote-controlled light bulbs, a Nest thermostat and an August smart lock [that unlocks automatically for its owner], and hack on them in the evenings over a Diet Coke.”

Most experts agreed that recognizing faces would be the easiest part of Mr. Zuckerberg’s project. A security camera could snap photos of people who came to his doorstep and forward the images to Facebook’s extensive face-recognition tools."
Later in the article:
"Of course, the Facebook CEO may possess extra-sharp programming skills or proprietary tricks gleaned from his company’s considerable software development experience. Such wild-card factors make it difficult to evaluate just when Mr. Zuckerberg will start running Facebook through his homebrew artificially intelligent software assistant."
Facebook CEO’s New AI Hobby: Lots of Late Nights, Experts Say - Digits - WSJ
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