Facebook working on voice assistant to compete with Alexa

Facebook is working on a rival to Amazon's Alexa

Facebook is working on a rival to Amazon's Alexa

With video communications using Facebook Messenger at the heart of the device, the company heavily stressed privacy features, such as the ability to "completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap".

The new innovation follows Facebook's move into virtual reality headset, Oculus, debut in 2017 and past year, Facebook also launched a video call solution with Alexa. Facebook Assistant may be the name of the project. Its human-powered "M" assistant for its Messenger app was launched in 2015, but Facebook abandoned the project past year. Facebook ultimately stopped the project previous year. Prior to this, Facebook has launched its M assistant for Messenger in 2015, but unfortunately, it doesn't stand still in the competition to Alexa or Siri and finally, it came to its end previous year. Samsung is also trying to push Bixby on its own Galaxy devices. That project was an ambitious but promising early look at Facebook's approach to AI-assisted service, whereby a network of bots helped users perform a handful of tasks.

The report further states that the effort is being led by Ira Snyder, who is the director of AR/VR and Facebook Assistant. Potentially, it can be used for video chat on the site. My biggest concern is what Facebook would do with the data it collects from such a service, and perhaps more worryingly, how long it'll be before Facebook releases it inappropriately to the next Cambridge Analytica?

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Zuckerberg & Co. don't exactly have a reputation for digital assistants.

Where the voice assistant will be used is now unknown, but it could potentially be integrated into Portal devices - which were launched just last November with Amazon Alexa compatibility - and Oculus headsets. The usefulness of the Google Assistant is at least partially based on how much Google knows about the user.

What will Facebook do in the assistant space, anyway?

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