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Actor Robert Downey Jr offers to voice Mark Zuckerberg’s real-life Jarvis

Zuckerberg is searching for a person to voice an A.I. similar to Jarvis from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Los Angeles, October 15, 2016: Actor Robert Downey Jr has offered to lend his voice to an A.I. similar to Jarvis from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg is building.

Zuckerberg is searching for a person to voice it. Earlier this year, he had announced that his goal for 2016 was to build an A.I. similar to what Jarvis (Paul Bettany) is for Iron Man (Downey Jr.) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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“My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work,” he wrote on Facebook on January 3.

“You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in ‘Iron Man’. I’m going to start by exploring what technology is already out there. Then I’ll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home — music, lights, temperature and so on,” he added.

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Now he is ready to choose a voice for it, and Downey Jr has volunteered.

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

A commenter suggested Downey Jr’s or “Doctor Strange” star Benedict Cumberbatch’s name, and then Downey Jr wrote: “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.” (IANS)

  • Antara

    If the voice of Downey Jr. gets finalized, it will be an amazing thing!

  • Diksha Arya

    I think Jarvis with the voice of Robert Downey J. will be awesome..

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?