Look Out Siri, Google Now & Cortana, Facebook M Wants To Be Your Digital Assistant

Facebook wants to be your digital assistant. The social network today announced it is testing a Siri-like personal assistant called M.
The service is a blend of artificial intelligence — similar to that which powers Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana — and human input, and Facebook believes that combination will make M better than its rivals. Like Siri, M will be able to give recommendations about the best places to dine in a city or help people pick a gift for a friend, but M will also be able to complete tasks such as making a restaurant reservation or having the gift delivered.
Facebook’s VP of messaging products David Marcus announced the test in a Facebook post this morning:

Today we’re beginning to test a new service called M. M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that…
Posted by David Marcus on Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Marcus’s post was short on details about how M will work, but

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