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Facebook Has Made Their Own Ridiculously Helpful Version Of Siri

There's a new personal assistant on the scene. One that knows all your friends, what you 'Like' and who's profile you were stalking at 3 am.

Facebook has launched 'M', an all-knowing tool that will help you with searches, purchases and everything in between.

At present, it lives in the Facebook Messenger of a few hundred people in the San Francisco Bay Area, but it's set to be rolled out across the globe after testing is complete.

"M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf," David Marcus, head of Messenger at Facebook, said in a Facebook post

"It's powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people." So less Skynet, more 'virtual concierge'. 

"Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more."

To get M talking, users will open a conversation with the assistant in Facebook Messenger in the same manner they would if they were talking to real person. By typing a question in a conversational tone - "Where can I get a burger today?" - M will respond in kind - "There's the Mr Hyde National Burger day".

Will you consider using M when it launches? Will you stick to one of the existing 'personal assistants'? Or do prefer calling a real-life human, like your mate Tim, and asking him?