Facebook is shutting its human-powered M assistant on Jan 19


Facebook’s M is going away forever. The social media giant has said that it will pull its plug on its virtual chatbot. The last date of M will be January 19. Contractors working on M will be offered other job at Facebook, says a Verge report.

Introduced in 2015, M is powered by Facebook-built AI and offers suggestions in your conversations just like the Google’s Allo and perform tasks like location sharing, setting reminders, sending or requesting money and more. The M was available only to 2,000 people living in California. While the virtual assistant is going, Facebook will keep the M Suggestions feature which appears in Messenger chats and suggests replies and actions based on the conversation you are having.

“We launched this project to learn what people needed and expected of an assistant, and we learned a lot,” Facebook told The Verge.  “We’re taking these useful insights to power other AI projects at Facebook. We continue to be very pleased with the performance of M suggestions in Messenger, powered by our learnings from this experiment.”

Facebook M debuted in the tech world when many big firms believed that chatbots would be the next big thing. Facebook called M as it AI experiment and thus it remained available only to a limited number of users. The service was first rolled out to 10,000 users on San Francisco. Facebook’s key purpose with M was to develop an automated version of M. Suggestions is the outcome of this.

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“When we announced M over a year ago, it was a small AI experiment powered by humans that could fulfill almost any request. We learned a lot and these interactions have enabled us to build a completely automated version of M that suggests helpful actions in your chat, exposing features people may not have known were available right in Messenger,” Facebook said when Suggestions was rolled out all across the US.

Here are some of the major functions of M:

— M Suggestions

— Easy sticker search

— Location sharing

— Sending or requesting money in Messenger

— Make reservations

— Plan events

— Set reminders

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