Facebook is making a jump into personalized artificial intelligence, with a new personal assistant being turned on in Facebook Messenger on Wednesday.
The service is called “M,” and it allows users to ask it for information that might be useful to them, tapping into the vast database created by Facebook over the past few years. It can help with a range of things, including finding nearby restaurants, finding a gift for a friend and so on.
“M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It’s powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people,” said Facebook’s head of messaging, David Marcus, in a statement.
Of course, many will wonder what makes M different from other personal assistants on the market, such as Siri or Google Now, which will already be installed on a user’s phone. The main difference, according to Marcus, is that M can actually complete tasks on the behalf of the user. For example, if a user is purchasing a gift for someone, instead of simply suggesting items to buy, M can go and order the gift for you.
Of course, artificial intelligence is still in its infancy and is nowhere near like what can be seen in the movies. We’ll have to wait a little longer until we have a real life J.A.R.V.I.S