Facebook has started testing M, a new virtual assistant that lives inside its Messenger app. Rolling out first in the San Francisco Bay Area, M's artificial intelligence in trained and supervised by people. One of the big selling points of M is its ability to do things for you in the course of completing a task.
As Facebook's David Marcus explains:
A new button will eventually appear in Messenger that will allow you to activate M. You can ask it where to get good pizza in Chicago, or, using Messenger's built-in payments feature, order a gift for a family member. Anything that the artificial intelligence can't handle will be picked up by one of the M trainers. From Wired:
This is early days yet for M, and the rollout to all 700 million Facebook Messenger users is expected to take quite some time, with no firm date, or even time frame having been announced just yet.
Source: David Marcus, Wired
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