Facebook Messenger Has a Futuristic New Feature You Need to Know About
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Facebook Messenger Has a Futuristic New Feature You Need to Know About

Heads up, Facebook may soon be changing its standard “What’s on your mind?” to “What can we do for you?”

Earlier today, Facebook’s Head of Messaging Products David Marcus shared via an FB post early details about its venture into the personal digital assistant space. But before you jump out of your chair for joy, know that this experience is more than likely a couple (if not handfuls) of updates away.

In David’s post he shared the Mark Zuckerberg-led social media platform is testing out a new service inside of its standalone messaging app Messenger called M.

Powered by artificial intelligence that is trained and supervised by real people, M can help you find info just like other digital assistants Siri and Cortana. But the new feature is looking to make a name for itself by standing out in a game-changing way — completing tasks for you.

Instead of just asking “What are the top baby names of the year?” M will be able to buy and deliver things or book reservations, travel plans and doctors appointments for you from a few texts or voice recording commands. No word on if M will actually name that baby for you, yet ;)

We’re super pumped to test out this new digital personal assistant from the omnipresent social media network. Sadly at the moment M is only rolling out to a small beta testing group to ensure once it goes live to the public all kinks are worked out. You don’t want the messaging app to accidentally send Magic Mike XXL to your grandma, now do you?!

Rest assured though all you Internet security protectors, Re/code reports once M is ready for us to use that it “won’t have access to your personal profile info, or the profiles of your friends on Facebook.” PHEW.

Now only one question remains. When can we play with M?!

Will you be taking advantage of Facebook Messenger’s personal assistant? Let us know in the comments. 

(h/t Re/code, photos via Facebook)