A group of youngsters from Delhi and other parts of the world have come together to make a fantasy real. Chirag Dewan and Himanshu Vaishnav– two young students from Delhi, are trying to make Jarvis a reality. Geeks would instantly know what we are talking about. Jarvis is an acronym for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System- an advanced Artificial Intelligence based computer used by Marvel Comics character Tony Stark a.k.a the Iron Man.
The idea is to make a voice and gesture controlled operating system modeled on the human brain where the user wont have to use the keyboard or a mouse. It will be like: Jarvis do this. Jarvis do that.
Dewan explains that the architecture will be based on the human brain, a tall feat, if accomplished. “As days go by, the system will start prompting the user based on past behavior,” said Dewan, a second year engineering graduate based in Delhi. Currently, it can identify voice and complete tasks such as pull up a users social feed or preform a search.
Jarvis will also be capable of a few other tasks such as controlling the electronics in a house or automating certain functions. Such as controlling a coffee machine.
The team started researching on how the human mind works. In essence, how it responds to various situations. Now the plan is to switch out the biological part of it with algorithms. Sounds simple, but it is not. Scientists have been at it for ages.
Here’s how the current version of Jarvis works
The complexity of the problem (even if you aren’t aspiring to pass the Turing test) doesn’t seem to deter Dewan and the team, which is seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo to fund the project. “We aren’t saying that we will do everything ourselves,” said Dewan. The team has about 14 collaborators from different parts of the world.
The group is building an operating system Kernel as well as a voice recognition engine from scratch. Looking at the video they’ve put out on Indiegogo, it appears that they have made some progress.
“We are planning to launch the .2 version by November,” Dewan, said.
We don’t know enough to judge the project yet, but whatever it is, here’s to thinking big!