In the time of Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant, and Siri, Facebook wanted to give the world an aide that could accomplish more. In 2015, the company released M in its Messenger chat application.
Facebook confirmed that the beta version of Facebook M will end on January 19, though a few highlights that the program inspired, including M suggestions, will proceed. Facebook told clients—allegedly somewhere in the range of 2,000, all in California—that the program will never again be accessible after January 19.
M wasn’t simply one more chatbot giving text reactions from past discussions through Artificial Intelligence. It had the ability to deal with most tasks, so long as it wasn’t unlawful, assuming individuals were taking the necessary precautions. A year ago, Facebook adjusted M by bringing programmed activities and reactions into Messenger discussions for many individuals. Also, the company did away with the human powered version of M altogether on Monday.
A Facebook spokesperson said, “We launched this project to learn what people needed and expected of an assistant, and we learned a lot. 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.”
Scale was obviously an issue, too. Messenger has more than 1.3 billion monthly clients, and having a human partner for every one of them would have been an incomprehensible undertaking. In April 2017, the social network started taking proposals from M, which provided AI-controlled help with tasks in the informing application, including sending and requesting cash, getting rides through Lyft or Uber, sharing locations, making plans, surveys, and sending stickers.
Facebook vice president of messaging products, David Marcus, officially introduced M in August 2015, saying at the time, “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.”