Facebook to shut down its virtual assistant 'M' on January 19

Facebook to shut down its virtual assistant 'M' on January 19

Facebook to shut down its virtual assistant 'M' on January 19

The last date of M will be January 19. "We're taking these useful insights to power other AI projects at Facebook". The digital assistant was part of the company's Messenger platform and used human workforce to train the built-in artificial intelligence system.

A spokesperson for the social network told The Register on Monday: "Today we shared with the people who have access to our M closed beta project, first announced in August 2015, that January 19th is the last day the service will be available". To be more precise, the human-assisted portion of the digital assistant M is now shutting down. It was limited in its deployment, with M being made available to around 2,000 people, the Verge said, out of 1.3 billion Messenger users.

In an age of Alexa, Cortana, the Google Assistant and Siri, Facebook wanted to provide the world with an assistant that could do more. The company used the same method when it had contractors working on its controversial trending news topics feature.

The company has rolled out this tool in March this year, but at that time a Facebook user or a Facebook friend was required to help the victim.

If you were a user of the M virtual assistant, it will live on for them - sort of. They'd also make suggestions that could search through third-party services like Spotify or GIF. "We continue to be very pleased with the performance of M suggestions in Messenger, powered by our learnings from this experiment". M could act as an assistant by offering fully automated suggestions for payments, making plans, and sending stickers through Messenger.

Facebook's virtual assistant is about to be put out to pasture. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details.

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. One of the prominent changes was the AI's ability to remind users to save content like articles, videos or photos to view them later or share them in message threads.

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