It often seems to be the case that if a major tech company is working on something, it’s only a matter of time before Facebook releases its own version of the product or service. So with the popularity of Siri, Cortana, and Google Now, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Facebook’s “M” exists and appears to be the future of all things internet.
As Buzzfeed’s Alex Kantrowitz recently discovered, the recently rolled out test version of M might be the first big step toward what sci-fi vigilantes in movies have where they can pretty much rant off, “Computer! Kill engines, drop through wormhole, tell wife I love her, and pray for me.”
See, what the smartphone did for your media—consolidate every component of art and entertainment into a single handheld device—M could someday do for your to-do list in its entirety. And it could all be done in Facebook’s own Messenger chat app.
Facebook’s M is some next level shit. Check this out: pic.twitter.com/DANwkjzTV9— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) October 15, 2015
Facebook has been talking about Messenger evolving into what they think will essentially become The Web 12.0 (I’m no longer sure what catchphrase “era” we’re in right now), though there will always be the fear of anything like this becoming Skynet. As I’ve pointed out before, I’m personally somewhere in the middle.
M is a combination of artificial intelligence and adult supervision, and while the other aforementioned personal assistants are highly capable bot-brains themselves, there’s something beautifully seemless about the interaction we’re already seeing with M.
Here’s an excerpt from Kantrowitz’s plane ticket purchase through M.