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11 January 2018, 08:25 | Bernard Bryant
Facebook M Virtual Assistant Being Shut Down
The final day of the M virtual assistant will be January 19th and contractors who worked on it will be offered other jobs at the company.
Now they have chose to take the "useful insights" that they learned from the two and a half years of its existence and use this to improve and power the other AI projects of the company. Previously, Facebook coined it as a beta, but more recently, the company dubbed it as an experiment in lieu of shutting the service down.
Facebook may have shuttered M, its artificial intelligence chatbot assistant, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Mark Zuckerberg's company's larger AI efforts are on the ropes.
The lesson that should be learned from M is clear: it's 2018, and digital assistants still suck. To be more precise, the human-assisted portion of the digital assistant M is now shutting down. This particular version of M was only released to around 2,000 people in California.
According to a Verge report, employees who were working on M will be accommodated in other departments at the company.
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The basic goal of the "M" digital assistant was to provide to users similar to what Apple's Siri and Google's Google Now aims to provide. The assistant provides "suggestions" inside Messenger conversations that can prompt you to perform actions without leaving your chat. In addition to this, Facebook also wanted users to make use of the assistant without the need to jump from one service to another. Facebook told The Verge it is "very pleased" with the performance of M suggestions.
Facebook's virtual assistant is about to be put out to pasture. There were warning sirens going off in April a year ago when it emerged that when M faced questions it couldn't understand, it would fall back to a team of humans to answer the queries.
This is it for now, folks.
Facebook has chose 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. Share your views with us in the comments section below.
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