Alex Kantrowitz spent some time chatting with M, Facebook Messanger’s virtual assistant. It’s a pretty impressive showcase of artificial Intellegence, although I’m still a bit skeptical. Especially considering the “number of minutes” Alex waited for an answer to “where is the best vegetarian food within five blocks?” I asked Siri the same exact question and was immediately given an answer.
I certainly can’t know if humans had a hand in Alex and M’s exchange, but BuzzFeed News is a big deal and it would be in Facebook’s best interest for this article to be as positive as possible. Personally, I’ll wait for the masses to get their hands on M before I start praising it’s contextual awareness and natural language parsing abilities.