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What Mark Zuckerberg’s smart home means for real estate

Facebook's billionaire CEO is preparing us for the power of AI
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg connected disparate systems in his home to run on a single AI interface.
  • Smart home technology might be bigger than bots in 2017.
  • Real estate agents should consider specializing as "smart home experts."

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Have suggestions for products that you'd like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the video every smart home device manufacturer in the world is watching on repeat: Facebook inventor and CEO Mark Zuckerberg built a voice-activated, artificial intelligence (AI) interface for his home. His goal was to emulate Jarvis, the fictional do-everything computerized identity developed by Marvel Comics' Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. In Zuck's version, Jarvis isn't voiced by actor Paul Bettany. Instead, it's the soothing, mellow voice pattern of none other than Morgan Freeman. (Membership has its privileges.) What real estate agents should take away from this playful billionaire's home automation system is that it's doing a lot of things that are already possible: Lights can be turned on, playlists accessed and room temperatures adjusted. This translates into the reasonable assumption that, indeed, we're only a...