Facebook plans on shutting down “M” its personal assistant


Although the M assistant had potential, it is time to shut it down. Facebook today sent a message to M users telling them that the service will be terminated on January 9th. The company confirmed this news in a statement to The Verve.
The social firm introduced M way back in August 2015. Although the plan was to roll it out to users, it remained in private beta since its launch.

As of the time when Amazon launched its AI Assistant, the Echo, Facebook used Messenger and Text based interactions for its personal assistant.
Normally, an AI is not supposed to rely too much on humans, but that was different with M, it relied on humans to answer the most complicated queries. With the help of M, individuals could organize their next vacation, order flowers or even book a table at a restaurant.

Facebook believed humans would help train the artificial intelligence model to rely less on humans but that didn’t seem to work out as planned that’s why the company is shutting down the standalone personal assistant.
Since M is shutting down, people who were working on the project will be offered other jobs at Facebook according to The Verge.

Also Facebook now offers AI suggestions in Messenger conversations. For instance Messenger can help set up a reminder for you if you plan to get drinks with friends. M can also suggest sending your location if someone asks for where you are currently.

Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.

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