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Morgan Freeman To Lend His Iconic Voice To Jarvis, Mark Zuckerberg's Home AI

By Edge Ison , Dec 21, 2016 04:03 AM EST
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Mark Zuckerberg announced recently that he has accomplished his goal of building his own artificial intelligence system which he called Jarvis. Now, he has found the man who will voice Jarvis - Morgan Freeman.

When the world first got wind of the Facebook CEO's plans for an AI in his home, actor Robert Downey Jr., who plays billionaire tech expert Tony Stark in the Marvel movie franchise, voiced his desire to be the voice of Jarvis.

Back in October, Downey said that he'll "do it in a heartbeat if Bettany gets paid and donates it to a cause of Cumberbatch's choosing". The Facebook founder responded by saying, "This just got real".

On Thursday, Zuckerberg asked through Facebook who should voice Jarvis. Around 50,000 comments were posted on his Facebook post and some of the suggested candidates were Neil deGrasse Tyson, Hodor, JK Rollins, Christopher Walken, Michael Caine, and Sean Connery. Two of the suggestions came in the form of Marvel's Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Jarvis/Vision (Paul Bettany).

But the clear cut favorite was Freeman.

Freeman is a versatile actor known for his distinct voice. And that voice earned him another gig. Zuckerberg called the actor and asked him if he wanted to be the voice of Jarvis. He readily agreed but there is now word yet if he will get paid for it and for what price if this thing pushes through.

It is a known fact that Zuckerberg likes to challenge with a certain goal each year. He started in 2010 with the goal of learning Mandarin. A year later, he ate only meat from animals that he killed himself. Last year, his challenge was to read two books each month. When 2016 came, he said his goal was to build an AI for his home that is "kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man".

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