Mark Zuckerberg, CEO for Facebook, claimed on Thursday that his company is planning a variety of projects that might benefit from using an AI voice assistant. He says that there are going to be many more products built where voice activation is an important interface throughout the coming years. He also said many projects are being planned around AI.
In April, a CNBC report claimed that Facebook was trying to rival its new voice assistant technology to the likes of Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Voice Assistant. Facebook has recently confirmed the report.
Facebook already sells and offers two Portal video chatting devices that utilize the Amazon Alexa assistant. Currently, Facebook is a major tech company, and the only one that doesn’t offer its own voice assistant technology. In 2015, it had an assistant called M, which used humans to perform user requests, though Facebook shut the project down last year in 2018.
It now sounds like Facebook wants to create its own AI assistant to respond to the user’s voice. Zuckerberg claimed that the product roadmap for such technology is just going to keep expanding, so it’s essential and useful for people. Most people want to interact with their technology in that way. In fact, Facebook has had the project in the works about the time it shut down the M assistant.
Currently, Facebook is looking into providing AI assistant technology for its Oculus and Portal devices, but it is also considering the expansion into future and new products. In fact, it hopes that the new products don’t become competition for Amazon’s Alexa and other platforms. It hopes to create an exclusive feature for its current hardware devices.
No reports have listed what the name of the assistant is going to be, though the director of the product refers to it as Facebook Assistant, at least for now.