Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US

Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US

M Suggestions roll out to all iOS and Android users in the U.S. today, with more countries coming.

The global service robotics market is set to boom, and the second half of 2015 should usher the first wave of these new helpers.

If the subject of travel comes up, M might suggest an option to share one's location during a conversation.

Facebook today announced that it has added even more functionality to the AI-powered messenger called M that resides in Messenger.

Facebook on Thursday launched its digital assistant named "M" for US users of its Messenger application, ramping up the social network's efforts in artificial intelligence.

The problem is "it can not scale to millions of people" says Facebook M product manager Laurent Landowski, who co-founded the natural language processing startup Wit.AI that Facebook acquired. "Expect to see more and more AI-powered, delightful and relevant experiences improving Messenger for you, every day".

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Messenger, Facebook's standalone messaging app, will now use artificial intelligence to suggest things to users based on their private conversations. If so, a button will pop up to automatically suggest a sticker or help with those other actions. According to Facebook's press release about Suggestions From M, the AI assistant is going to be getting more new functions in the future as it learns more, is developed further, and has enough data to cover a wider variety of situations and functions. M will also look for key words that suggest you're trying to make plans with a friend and jump in to help coordinate that.

M uses machine learning to figure out when it should jump into a conversation by reading the chats between users. Or if you never use its payments feature but constantly send stickers, it'll just suggest you use the latter. But the inclusion of the Lyft and Uber ride hailing option signal it could have bigger ambitions for recommending outside developer services.

And if you really hate M, you can use the Messenger settings to mute it entirely or turn off certain kinds of recommendations.

Unfortunately M is not available in Canada now, though Facebook says the assistant "will eventually roll out to other countries", which means the assistant is likely to make its way north of the US border.

While there are plenty of problems M could one day help you solve, for now it's dealing with one of Facebook's longest running issues: there's more features than you know what to do with.

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