If i was him and had the time and money i too would build out my own virtual assistant but i don't so ill just take the one he has created thanks.
There are some really nice examples of how and where virtual assistants and AI will help us in our day to day lives in the future. Lets take the idea of security and how he has built a face recognition tool to allow visitors to enter his home, very cool and could change the world of home security on many levels.
What is really interesting here is the use case of interacting with your assistant/bot. Mark has stated that he found it more natural and surprisingly so texting commands became his favourite use of communication all because it was less intrusive and distrurbing to those around him. This is quite significant and talks to a simple use case for AI and assistants, as much as it seems simple and intuitive to voice your commands it might not always make sense or be right.
One of the most important things i find from this is the introduction of human centric thinking here is really strong, he has thought about what and how humans need to interact with these tools and how important it is to the UX of the family, this is really important on all fronts as even though the tech might make sense it still needs to integrate into the human way of life. What is great to see is the use of humour and personality which can be lacking in UX and is critical to the success of any successful uptake.
In a lengthy Facebook post on Monday, Zuckerberg describes how he went about creating his digital butler for his home in San Francisco. He spent a total of 100 hours building the assistant, which can control his lights, music, and even make toast with a retrofitted toaster from the 1950s. "In some ways, this challenge was easier than I expected," according to Zuckerberg. "In fact, my running challenge (I also set out to run 365 miles in 2016) took more total time. But one aspect that was much more complicated than I expected was simply connecting and communicating with all of the different systems in my home."