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Facebook to discontinue its personal assistant ‘M’

Social networking site Facebook has reportedly decided to shut it’s personal assistant ‘M‘, an artificially-intelligent AI, on January 19.

Social networking site Facebook has reportedly decided to shut it’s personal assistant ‘M‘, an artificially-intelligent AI, on January 19.

‘M’ that used human operatives to ensure that its recommendations were on point was first unveiled in 2015.

“Today we shared with the people who have access to our M closed beta project, first announced in August 2015, that January 19th is the last day the service will be available. We launched this project to learn what people needed and expected of an assistant, and we learned a lot,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying in media reports.

“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,” added the spokesperson.

At the time of launch it was termed as a “beta” and said that facility would come to more users over time. Facebook has now changed its tune and now termed it an experiment.

 

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