Facebook’s Virtual Assistant ‘M’ Is Super Smart. It’s Also Probably a Human.

Facebook’s new virtual assistant for Messenger, M, is pretty darn impressive. It can arrange to have flowers delivered. It can warn you that it’s likely to rain. It can snag you hard-to-find tickets to the upcoming “Star Wars” movie. At this point, M can do pretty much everything an actual human assistant might be able to do, short of picking up your dry cleaning. (Although it could arrange to have it delivered!) That’s great news for Facebook. The company is rolling out M as a way to keep people using Messenger and, eventually, get them shopping inside of it. An assistant to make that easier will certainly grease the skids on those efforts. But there’s actually a simple reason for why M is so advanced. For the most part, M…


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