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Robert Downey, Jr. interested in becoming Facebook founder's virtual butler

Published 15/10/2016

Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr.

The Iron Man star has offered to help Mark Zuckerberg around the house.

Robert Downey, Jr. has agreed to become Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's virtual butler if the tech guru hands over a big charity donation.

The Facebook CEO started the year by revealing he is looking into technology which will allow him to create an artificial intelligence robot to help him control things at home, just like J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark's unseen sidekick in the Iron Man movies.

"I'm going to start by exploring what technology is already out there and then I'll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home - music, lights, temperature and so on," Zuckerberg said in January (16).

"I'll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell. I'll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max's (daughter Maxima) room that I need to check on when I'm not with her. On the work side, it'll help me visualise data to help me build better services and lead my organisations more effectively."

The tech leader has since honed his technology and now he's looking for a voice, asking his Facebook friends to suggest one.

Paul Bettany is the man behind Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S., but one follower suggested Zuckerberg ask Iron Man himself, Downey, Jr., and tagged the movie star. The Facebook friend also suggested the actor's fellow Marvel star Benedict Cumberbatch, who will make his debut as Doctor Strange next month (Nov16).

And it appears Downey, Jr. is interested.

"I'll do in a heartbeat if Bettany gets paid and donates it to a cause of Cumberbatch's choosing," he wrote. "That's the right kind of STRANGE!"

And Zuckerberg is thrilled, adding, "This just got real."

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