Facebook Introduces an A.I. Assistant Into its Messenger App
In 2015, Facebook teased the world with M, a digital assistant that is made for the Messenger app. Now, two years after it was first revealed, M can now be found on the latest version of the Messenger app.
Currently available for Messenger users in the United States, with a worldwide release following shortly after, M is an A.I. powered digital assistant that is capable of helping its users to accomplish certain tasks. Seeing as M also uses machine learning, the assistant would get even better as time goes on.
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As M is still in its early stages, the feature is currently only able to provide suggestions depending on the conversion . For example, if a user were to greet someone, M may pop-up with a selection of stickers that can accompany the conversation. If someone in the conversation asks "where are you?", M may give you the option to share your location.
In its current form, some of the features that M can do includes:
- Suggesting stickers.
- Sharing locations.
- Making plans.
- Conducting polls.
- Getting a ride through ride-sharing apps such as Lyft or Uber.
- Conducting payments via Messenger’s phone-to-phone payment feature.
While M may feel a bit rudimentary at the moment, Facebook has mentioned that it intends to continue developing until it becomes a fully operational digital assistant. As for those of you who don’t want an assistant bugging you with suggestions, rest assured that you’ll be able to disable M altogether.
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