Remember when we announced Moneypenny- Facebook’s upcoming digital assistant. It’s finally available for testing, , though restricted to only Facebook Messenger. M is meant to be Facebook’s response to Siri, Cortana, Blackberry Assistant and Google Now.
The difference between M and the rest is it actually performs tasks for you, like purchasing items, booking restaurants, and getting items delivered to people. The service doesn’t work on it’s own, but it’s said to be “trained and supervised by people”.
In a Facebook post, this were the words of David Marcus, VP of messaging products, Facebook:
Today we’re beginning to test a new service called M. 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.
Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.
This is early in the journey to build M into an at-scale service. But it’s an exciting step towards enabling people on Messenger to get things done across a variety of things, so they can get more time to focus on what’s important in their lives.
It would be amazing to see how Facebook manages the situation when the service will be rolled out to hundreds of millions of users. Considering that they’re using trained hands to handle the personal assistant.