Mark Zuckerberg's 2016 goal: Code his own personal assistant

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Mark Zuckerberg in 90 Seconds

Mark Zuckerberg is known for his ambitious New Year's resolutions.

But his 2016 goal may be his most challenging yet: Zuckerberg plans to develop an artificial intelligence system to help run his life.

"My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work," the Facebook (FB) CEO posted on Sunday. "You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man."

Of course, some people are wary of artificial intelligence.

One comment on Zuckerberg's Facebook post jokingly warned, "Just don't accidentally create skynet," referring to the self-aware killer robot from the Terminator movies.

Zuckerberg reassured his followers that AI can be developed responsibly.

"I think we can build AI so it works for us and helps us. Some people fear-monger about how AI is a huge danger, but that seems far-fetched to me and much less likely than disasters due to widespread disease, violence, etc," he wrote in response to another comment.

Zuckerberg said he plans to use existing AI technology and teach it to recognize who is in a room, anticipate their needs, and control everything from the music playing to the temperature of his home.

"I'm very interested in using voice and face recognition to set lights and temperature as well depending on who is in what rooms, etc. For example, I like rooms colder than [my wife,] but it's possible to just see who is in what room and adjust the temperatures automatically," he wrote in a comment.

In November, he and his wife, Pricilla Chan, had their first child, daughter Max Chan Zuckerberg. He plans to implement a few security features as well.

"I'll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell," Zuckerberg wrote. "I'll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max's room that I need to check on when I'm not with her."

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He has experience building AI machines such as the auto-response help chat on Messenger. But rather than work with a team of engineers he employs, Zuckerberg plans to code his personal assistant on his own.

His annual goals are often bold, but Zuckerberg has a track record of success. He recently delivered a 20-minute speech in Mandarin, which he resolved to learn in 2010.

In 2015, he dedicated himself to reading a new book every two weeks. According to his "A Year of Books" feed, he made it through 23 books on everything from energy production to world religions.

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