Facebook Testing Siri-Like Mobile Personal Assistant: M

M can handle tasks such as recommend a good restaurant nearby or shop for items.

Facebook now has its own Siri — within Messenger.

Announced by Facebook’s vice president of messaging products David Marcus, Facebook Messenger’s M is a mobile personal assistant currently being tested by the company. M can handle tasks such as recommend a good restaurant nearby or shop for items.

Speculation first surfaced last month about a virtual digital assistant for Messenger geared toward shopping, code-named Moneypenny.

Marcus announced M in a Facebook post, but didn’t say when it would be more widely available:

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.

This is early in the journey to build M into an at-scale service. 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.

Marcus noted that this technology is powered by artificial intelligence that has been trained and supervised by people.

Here’s a look at what M can do:

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Readers: Would you use M?