After the arrival of BlackBerry Assistant, Google Now and the most recent Microsoft’s Cortana, Facebook is in development to introduce its own personal digital assistant called M to take on Apple’s Siri. This new personal digital assistant will be available for Facebook Messenger.
Facebook’s David Marcus on Wednesday revealed that his team has started testing M personal digital assistant for Messenger. He said that the new service is powered by artificial intelligence that is “trained and supervised by people”.
“Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf,” David said in a Facebook post. The presence of artificial intelligence empowers M personal digital assistant to purchase items, schedule appointments, book restaurants and deliver gifts to select contacts by its own.
Although Facebook’s M is a way similar to what Siri offers on iOS devices, it will not be available as a standalone personal digital assistant and would only be accessible on mobile devices via Messenger. But still users will be able to be in conversations with the new service just as they did before with other personal assistants. This means that M has the ability to answer your typed query.
For instance, you will be able to ask M to order flowers for your loved ones or book a place by asking about the best place at your favourite location.
“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, so they can get more time to focus on what’s important in their lives,” David added.
It has not yet been revealed that when M will be arrived on Facebook Messenger. However, it would be available across on the leading mobile platforms, starting with iOS in the initial stage.
Facebook’s M appears to be a fruitful move by the social networking giant to expand Messenger on mobile devices. It comes a few months after the instant messaging app got the option to let users send money to their contacts.