Facebook Testing Messenger-Based Personal Assistant

Posted by at 12:39 pm on August 27, 2015

Facebook is trialling a smart personal assistant that will live inside its Messenger application and complete various tasks for users.

For now, the assistant is called Facebook M and Facebook claims it will be superior to competing products.

“Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf,” explained Facebook VP David Marcus. “It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.”

Facebook is testing M with a small number of people the Los Angeles area and, for now, its most complicated tasks will be overseen by real people. Facebook didn’t say if or when it will expand testing to more users, nor when it will launch the product to everyone.

M will join a crowded market of virtual assistants, which already includes Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google’s Now, and Microsoft’s Cortana.

 

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