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Facebook's AI assistant will now offer suggestions inside Messenger

Facebook's AI assistant will now offer suggestions inside Messenger

The feature - which Facebook says is a version of its personal assistant technology called M - can do things like suggest you book an Uber or prompt you to send money to a friend based on whatever it is you're talking about. Rather, you simply start having a conversation with someone and M will begin suggesting actions you may wanna perform like sending a response or emoji.

Introduced in 2015, M is an artificial intelligent assistant that resides inside Messenger.

The current system works by analyzing your conversation and looking for key words to trigger M's suggestive capabilities. Marcus said that messaging content is not used to target users with ads, and that while the AI can learn your preferences, "no human ever touches" the data the AI collects.

Sending stickers: M shares fun sticker suggestions for your daily life interactions like "Thank you" or "Bye-bye".

Laurent Landowski, a product manager for Messenger hired by Facebook when his previous company, Wit.ai, was acquired to bootstrap M, says the original M test is still going on, but this version of the virtual assistant was a way to take some of the things they learned and give them to all Messenger users.




Making plans: If people are talking about getting together, M helps coordinating a plan. And the more you use it, the more it can help, because like most assistants today, M can learn over time.

Where is Facebook M available?

Facebook has officially announced a new foray into the world of AI-based, machine learning-powered personal assistants, this time in the form of a fully automated version of their M AI bot that can figure out what's going on in a message thread on Facebook Messenger and interject useful suggestions. But M's new Messenger tasks will launch in iOS and Android in the USA, and will be rolled out around the world over the next several months. Unfortunately we don't have a specific release date for M's release. The same thing could be said when sharing your location, whereby M would suggest you share a live location or a venue address with whomever you're chatting with.

"This update offers an easier way to access and discover Messenger features like our rich visual messaging tools and the ability to quickly share content like video and images directly from the text composer with a long press", they explain.

Check out Facebook's blog post for more details.

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