“Unlike other [artificial intelligence]-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf,” David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products, said in a blog post. “It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.”
M is reportedly being tested by a few hundred people in the Bay Area.
“This is early in the journey to build M into an at-scale service,” Marcus wrote. “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.”
Facebook is the latest tech giant to get into the voice-recognition game. Last year, Amazon.com introduced Echo, a hands-free device controlled by a user’s voice. The black, cylindrical device can provide information, music, news, weather, traffic and more, and can hear users from across the room.
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