Facebook kills its "M" virtual assistant

09 January, 2018, 02:55 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Facebook is shutting down its virtual assistant project

It took a different approach, though, compared to the likes of Siri and Alexa. With the human-trained portion of the assistant shutting down today, we likely won't get that chance either, barring an about-face from Facebook at some point in the future.

Relative to Facebook's expansive use of AI, M assistant was never very significant. This particular version of M was only released to around 2,000 people in California.

Facebook has made a decision to kill of its short-lived smart chatbot, dubbed M, which was available inside the ultra popular Messenger service but never actually got out of beta.

Facebook is putting an end to M, its hybrid human/artificial digital assistant that helped users make dinner reservations or get gift suggestions.

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Other machine learning projects on Facebook, such as a tool that lets companies like Sephora build Facebook chatbots for customer service, will also remain in place. We launched this project to learn what people needed and expected of an assistant, and we learned a lot. If you find yourself wishing to talk to a virtual assistant in a chat app, Allo is still an option. "M Suggestions" will be embedded in the Messenger which will be fully automated. M Suggestions shows context-aware suggestions within conversations in Messenger, helping users with things like making meeting plans, or just showing some simple stickers/emoji suggestions for replies. "We're taking these useful insights to power other AI projects at Facebook", a statement provided to VentureBeat read.

This was the work of Facebook's virtual assistant, "M". Previously, Facebook coined it as a beta, but more recently, the company dubbed it as an experiment in lieu of shutting the service down.

This is it for now, folks.

Last year Facebook altered M by introducing automatic actions and responses into Messenger conversations for millions of people.


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