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Iron Man wants to be the voice of Mark Zuckerberg’s real-life Jarvis

Published Oct 14th, 2016 10:26AM EDT
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You know how Iron Man has a terrific assistant by its side in the movies? Well, Robert Downey Jr. is willing to give his voice to the real-life ‘Jarvis’ AI that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is making.

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Earlier this year, Zuckerberg said he’s going to make an AI assistant for his own home, modeled partly on Iron Man’s Jarvis. Now, Facebook’s leader needs a voice for his AI machine.

“It’s time to give my AI Jarvis a voice. Who should I ask to do it?,” Zuckerberg asked on Facebook.

Someone suggested that Paul Bettany voices Zuckerberg’s Jarvis. After all, he does in the Iron Man movies.

But that’s when things got interesting as Downey Jr. showed up saying that he’ll gladly do it. Although he does have some unusual terms and conditions.

“I’ll do in a heartbeat if Bettany gets paid and donates it to a cause of Cumberbatch’s choosing…that’s the right kind of STRANGE!,” the actor said.

If that sounds strange, that’s because Downey Jr. chose to promote Benedict Cumberbatch’s upcoming Dr. Strange movie, which will introduce a new member of the future Avengers team.

Zuckerberg replied to the message saying “This just got real.” However, it’s not clear who will be chosen for the part. According to CNBC, other suggestions were offered in more than 36,000 comments, including, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Samuel L. Jackson, and Morgan Freeman.

While Zuckerberg’s home AI product was introduced as a personal item on his resolutions list for 2016, it wouldn’t be unexpected to see it evolve into a Facebook feature. Many other tech companies are working on advanced AI, including Google, Apple, and Microsoft, so it’s likely that Facebook will also want to offer its customers, similar voice-based assistant.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.