Is J.A.R.V.I.S, Iron Man's electronic assistant, an example of A.I (artificial intelligence)?

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    I've removed Also is J.A.R.V.I.S a quantum computer? from your post as we require all questioned to contain only one question. That way you can accept the single best answer, without having to decide between posts that answer the question separately. Feel free to ask a second question though!
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 12:04
  • Also I'm confident that Tony mentions in AoU that Jarvis started as a piece of voice recognition software. Interesting comment here
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 12:09
  • I'm a little confused here. Are you asking for a specific kind of a.i.? Even finite state machines are generally considered a.i., and Jarvis definitely has enough branching responses and differing responses to similar questions prior to -deciding- to block/screw with ultron on the internet, to be at least more advanced than that. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 14:48
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    Also, not only do most audience see Jarvis as a character and as having a gender, but I'd put money down that several, if talking to Jarvis on the phone would think him human. I'm pretty sure he'd pass a Turing test. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 14:56
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    In this rather charming Iron Man 3 draft script, JARVIS is described (explicitly) as an A.I. Now obviously this script never made it into production, but that's a big thumbs up as far as I'm concerned....
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 17:16

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He seems like it, but in Age of Ultron when describing how Ultron is an actual AI, Tony Stark proclaims that Jarvis is an incredibly sophisticated program that mimics sentience very well, but does not actually meet the conditions for full AI (i.e. sentience).

The whole point of The Vision being "not Jarvis" even though he sounds like Jarvis and originates from Jarvis's code is that he's been augmented with actual AI, giving him consciousness that he did not have before, resulting in a new "being". If Jarvis were already an AI, none of this would make sense.

Mind you, what constitutes "AI" is subject to interpretation.

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    If Tony hadn't said it, or you hadn't added that last line, I'd possibly be argumentative about your answer. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 15:50
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    @Cone_of_Silence: So, if I'd written a different answer, you'd have been argumentative about it? Good to know, I guess! ;P Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 15:56
  • I'm not going to argue with Tony Stark, but it looks like Thaddeus Howze did.
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 16:14
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    Until the OP clarifies what definition of AI they're looking to match, I'm going to go with the in-universe canonical on-screen comment. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 16:16
  • @Lightness. Touche. I didn't ask the question, so my acceptance of the in universe answer is my own problem, but I have a history with AI, and the in universe answer crawls under my skin and wriggles uncomfortably. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 16:47

JARVIS is not an AI system of Tony Stark but indeed a revolutionary invention of Howard Stark, the father of Tony Stark. JARVIS is an updated feature of Arsenal, and artificial robot, which was made by Howard Stark to look after his son, Tony.


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