Facebook Launches Its Own Siri and Cortana Called M
Testing with a few hundred users in the Bay Area.
Facebook is rolling out M, its answer to a virtual assistant, to select Messenger app users in the Bay Area, according to a Facebook post by Messenger head David Marcus.
Integrated within Facebook’s messaging app, M can complete lifestyle tasks and source information. It can suggest restaurants, make reservations, purchase gifts and locate nearby dog-friendly beaches and more.
The services of some other virtual assistants, like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, run entirely on artificial intelligence and technology. Facebook’s artificial intelligence-based service, however, is assisted by an unknown number of employees who train and supervise the AI.
According to Wired, Facebook is currently testing M with a few hundred Messenger users in the Bay Area. “This is early in the journey to build M into an at-scale service. But it’s an exciting step towards enabling people on Messenger to get things done across a variety of things,“ Marcus writes.
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