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Facebook is axing M, the wobbly digital personal assistant tacked onto its Messenger chat app.
A spokesperson for the social network told The Register on Monday: “Today we shared with the people who have access to our M closed beta project, first announced in August 2015, that January 19th is the last day the service will be available.”
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It’s no surprise that the project failed, really. There were warning sirens going off in April last year when it emerged that when M faced questions it couldn’t understand, it would fall back to a team of humans to answer the queries. There was obviously no way it was going to scale out from its limited beta test of about 2,000 people in the US to the billion or so people who log into Mark Zuckerberg's empire every day.
M was heralded as a Siri-like personal assistant that you could natter to via text message, and that it would be useful and smarter than today’s clumsy rule-based chatbots by answering questions and carrying out requests for stuff.
Over time, however, it was...
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