As of recently, Facebook’s M Personal Assistant is in its Beta stage, but it might turn out to be a useful feature for everyone. It is a personal digital assistant inside Facebook Messenger and it has recently been sent to San Francisco Bay Area residents to put it to the test.
The M Personal Assistant would be capable of dealing with your daily or occasional needs, such as making reservations or buying products. Besides purchasing goods and booking a place at a restaurant, M could also manage your appointments and travel arrangements, for instance, give suggestions and help you choose a birthday gift, among others.
David Marcus, Facebook Messenger lead, also says that M
“is powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people.”
However, as of lately, there is no information on when, how or where M would be made available. Mr. Marcus is quite confident that the artificial intelligence-based assistant will dethrone its rivals, once people will start using it at its full potential.
It seems that M, as a digital assistant, can be voice-activated, it’s a feature of the Messenger app, and is text-based, whereas a voice service might have been better. Nevertheless, some people express themselves better in a written form, whereas others via speech.
Some of M’s rivals include: Siri, Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana, but they origin in hardware devices, whereas Facebook’s M doesn’t originate in a physical device, which isn’t that convenient, because no hardware integration implies that M might be essentially fragile as a whole. Moreover, perhaps Facebook will think of implementing a new operating system which would improve the assistant/user interaction experience.
Basically, digital assistants, roughly put, represent more user-friendly search engines. But in order for M to function properly, one has to type coherent phrases, unlike Google’s search engine, which, what’s widely known, uses brief keywords.
Nevertheless, it is assumed that the extrapolation of M on a greater scale might be very costly, as a significant number of Facebook’s workforce would be assigned to deal with each person’s M, according to the fact that it’s human-operated. That unless the tech experts from Facebook make M function automatically.
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