Let me start with some full disclosure. I have joined the Jarvis Corp team to help bring this new artificial intelligence platform to life. It began with an article I wrote for Forbes titled Siri Is Great, But When Will We Get ‘Jarvis’?, in which I lamented that Apple’s virtual assistant–Siri–is nice, but that it’s not even in the ballpark of the J.A.R.V.I.S. personal assistant used by Tony Stark in the Iron Man movies.
That article led a young developer named Chirag Dewan to reach out to me. He was very persistent, and tried to connect with me over Facebook, LinkedIn, email, and other methods until I finally relented and we arranged a call. The reason Dewan was so excited to talk with me is that he believes the project he co-founded can deliver the type of artificial intelligence I was referring to in that Forbes article.
As a result of our initial interaction, I wrote a follow up post highlighting Jarvis Corp.–a small startup comprised of developers collaborating to create a next-generation artificial intelligence platform. Dewan and I continued to communicate back and forth, and I became more intrigued by this startup. Eventually, I agreed to join the team. I’m not a developer, but the project also needs content marketing and exposure–two things I’m good at.
I can say that I am not being compensated for my efforts in any way–because there is no money with which to compensate me–which brings me to the point of this post. Jarvis Corp can only go so far as a volunteer effort with no money. To achieve the ambitious goals the group has set, and to make the breakthroughs necessary to deliver a polished finished product that lives up to the expectations, Jarvis Corp needs to raise funds.
To get that ball rolling, Jarvis Corp has set up an IndieGogo fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 (USD). The rewards for the various contribution levels are versions of Jarvis–the mobile client, desktop client, or standalone Jarvis OS–or some combination of the three. The team has been making great progress since it released the Version 0.1 video less than two months ago, and expects to have the initial release of the client versions by June of 2014. The full standalone Jarvis OS–which is included as a reward for the two highest contribution levels–is not expected to be ready until November of 2014.
Watch the Jarvis v0.1 video, and just imagine–if the Jarvis Corp developers could get that far just building the artificial intelligence OS as a hobby, what can they accomplish with the right resources? Then, consider how cool it would be to have an artificial intelligence like Iron Man’s J.A.R.V.I.S.–one that understands you, and learns from you–and think of how much you might pay for the finished product (even if the finished product was just what is demonstrated in the video).
You can support the Jarvis Corp IndieGogo fundraising campaign with as little as one dollar. For just $25, though, you will get to experience the Jarvis artificial intelligence for yourself once it’s complete. The possibilities for the technology extend beyond computers and mobile devices, and you can help launch the project to the next level.
Click here to learn more and contribute to the Jarvis Corp. IndieGogo fundraising campaign.