So somebody found this Robert Downey Jr story weird.

I forget who: but the gist of it is as follows. Mark Zuckerberg designed an ‘AI*’ assistant – like you do – and he wants to get a voice for it (Zuckerberg is calling the ‘AI’ ‘Jarvis’). Enter Robert Downey (who gets to be in every Marvel movie from now on, if he likes), who replied:

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!

Bettany is Paul Bettany, who is the voice of Jarvis/Vision in the Marvel movies, and you know perfectly well who Cumberbatch is.  Anyway… somebody found this potential deal weird, although I don’t. Zuckerberg gets Downey’s voice for his personal not-Siri.  Bettany gets a nice charitable-giving tax deduction for free. Cumberbatch gets to give money to some charity just before his next movie (which is a Marvel movie) comes out.  And Downey doesn’t have to get Zuckerberg, Bettany, and/or Cumberbatch Christmas presents this year.  It all seems perfectly reasonable to me

*It’s not a real AI. If it was a real AI, my wife would have told me about it two years ago.


  • Jeff Weimer says:

    Your logic is…inescapable.
    I’m an only child, I’m incapable of grokking the whole of this without it being pointed out to me. As you do.

  • JustDave says:

    It’s not a real AI.


    Part of the problem here is we don’t have a good definition for what might qualify as “real AI”. IMO the “digital assistants” we’ve got now like Siri are starting to get into the fringes of a serviceable approximation. Even if there aren’t any major breakthroughs coming, I think 10 or 20 years of marginal improvements on what we have now will get us to something that feels very much like real AI.

  • irusro says:

    Like the saying goes, “a real AI would be smart enough to not let them know it was a AI”.

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