Mark Zuckerberg Wants Girls To Be Their School's Nerd, Not Date One

Also, he plans to make his own AI like Iron Man's 'Jarvis'

Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg is staying active on Facebook while on paternity leave. The social network's CEO is posting a status every few days on his Facebook page and responding to a lot of comments.

On Sunday, Zuck revealed his new year's resolution in a status:

Every year, I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook. My challenges in recent years have been to read two books every month, learn Mandarin and meet a new person every day.

My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man.


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While we here at Popular Science think a personal "Jarvis" is super cool, something else caught our eye as well.

Mark Zuckerberg encourages girls to be the inventors of the future

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Facebook user Darlene Hackemer Loretto commented on the post, saying:

I keep telling my grand daughters to Date the nerd in school, he may turn out to be a Mark Zuckerberg! Thanks for FB, I've reconnected with family and many old friends and classmates.

And while Zuckerberg appreciated the sentiment, he had some advice for Darlene and her granddaughters:

Even better would be to encourage them to *be* the nerd in their school so they can be the next successful inventor!

Popular Science strongly stands behind Zuck's advice, and continues to encourage young inventors of all genders and races to pursue their passions and work hard.

Our Barrier Breakers video series includes children of all ages working to better their communities and the world, from the nine-year-old who wants to stop Ebola to the 17-year-old who invented a "smart-cane" to help her grandmother walk. We also share the stories of those children giving back, like Hailey Fort, who builds homes for the homeless. We salute those young people working towards a brighter future for humanity.