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    April 9, 2017

    Meet M: Facebook Messenger’s new AI assistant

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    Facebook has announced that it is rolling out a new AI assistant dubbed M that will analyze conversations and add contextual suggestions in chats.

    Last year we caught wind of an interesting report that indicated that Facebook was developing a new AI called Moneypenny to assist users within Messenger. Today, the result of that project has been released in the form of M.

    What’s M? To put it plainly, M serves to streamline and simplify interactions in Messenger in a similar vein to how Google Assistant operates; by offering relevant and useful contextual suggestions in chat.

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    While Google has naturally geared Assistant to provide information on-the-fly, M serves a slightly more mundane purpose: the AI can offer sticker suggestions, give a poll in a group chat, or hail a ride through Uber or Lift.

    As befits the money in Moneypenny, Facebook’s AI can even help initiate peer-to-peer payments in Messenger for users in the United States.

    Functionality is triggered through keywords deployed in chat, and users can leverage the actions the AI suggests by tapping on a contextual bubble which will emerge when a keyword is mentioned.

    For users who don’t fancy yet another AI, M can be disabled through a toggle in Facebok Messenger’s settings menu.

    The AI is presently rolling out to all Android and iOS users in the United States, and we’re awaiting word of a wider international launch which is expected to take place within the coming months.

    Read: Facebook’s Messenger Lite launches in South Africa

    What are your thoughts? Would you be willing to let an AI in on your Facebook Messenger conversations? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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