The iPhone has Siri, Google has Ok, Google. It was time for Facebook to have its own AI personal assistant, right?
Well now it has. On Facebook Messenger.
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The announcement came from David Marcus, the Facebook Messenger lead:
[quote] Today we’re beginning to test a new service called M. M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It’s powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people.[/quote]
And later confirmed by Jeremy Goldberg, the Product Designer:
I am so proud to share what I've been working on at Facebook! Meet M, a personal assistant inside Messenger. pic.twitter.com/qJqXOQCoIj
— Jeremy Goldberg (@jeremygoldbrg) August 26, 2015
Facebook is betting a lot on the success of “M”. The company explained that “M” is actually very different from all the other AI-based services in the market:
[quote]M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.[/quote]
And because “M” benefits from all the research Facebook has been conducting on AI, it will also learn to become better and more responsive to your needs.
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This is big step for Facebook, which has been promising us to make Messenger the most useful communication app on our mobile devices. When it rolls out to all users, “M” will definitely become a great addition to the Messenger experience.
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