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Facebook is Shutting Down M, Its Personal Assistant Service That Combined Humans and AI (cnbc.com) 18

Facebook M, the text-based virtual assistant that used human workers to train an artificial intelligence system, is ending the human-assisted part of the service after two and a half years. From a report: The human-enhanced version of M, which was available through a bot on Facebook Messenger, only ever became available to about 2,000 people living in California. The final day of the will be January 19th, Facebook said, and contractors who worked on it will be offered other jobs at the company. First introduced in August 2015, aspects of the service will live on through M suggestions, which offers fully automated suggestions for payments, making plans, and sending stickers through Messenger. When it launched, Facebook described M as a "beta" and suggested the human-powered assistant would come to more users over time. But it never did. Upon shutting down the human-powered M, Facebook described it as an "experiment."

Facebook is Shutting Down M, Its Personal Assistant Service That Combined Humans and AI

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  • by 110010001000 ( 697113 ) on Monday January 08, 2018 @01:41PM (#55886609) Homepage Journal
    AI is not a real thing. Clippy and Eliza get reinvented every decade. What a waste of money and time.
    • Are you telling me Bonzi isn't my Buddy?

    • by mark-t ( 151149 )

      Is intelligence real?

      If you'd say not, then I'd agree with you... at least insomuch as you seem to have a different definition of intelligence from most of humanity.

      If intelligence is real, however, then why can't AI be? AI is, by definition, intelligence that is simply artificial, rather than natural. Short of attributing it to magic, there is no reason that AI cannot exist.

      And just as there can be different levels of natural intelligence, it only stands to reason that there can be different leve

  • Slow news day? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sjbe ( 173966 ) on Monday January 08, 2018 @01:44PM (#55886639)

    When it launched, Facebook described M as a "beta" and suggested the human-powered assistant would come to more users over time. But it never did. Upon shutting down the human-powered M, Facebook described it as an "experiment."

    So something that barely anyone knew about and fewer actually got to use is being shut down without ever being widely rolled out? I'm not really sure why I should care...

    Slow news day I guess.

    • I agree. We should be talking about throwing the Intel CEO in jail for insider trading instead.
  • Call me when you can report simply "Facebook is shutting down".

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