In an interview with The Verge, the Messenger boss talked about how bots will transcend their Clippy origins and appeal to the masses—and how the Messenger app is fine-tuning its digital assistant, M.
“We’re making M more proactive right now, so for people who have M we’ve added the ability to connect your calendar to it so it can help you ahead of you knowing you need help,” Marcus said.
Also included was a roundup of the bots Marcus recommends, for your bot-testing pleasure:
The Wall Street Journal has built a really good one, which I like because you can customize it to companies you follow and whenever something’s happening, they give it to you in a really good format, very visually compelling. And Poncho is really cool, and that’s why I decided to feature it in the keynote. You should try it, it’s fun — when you interact with it, they use a typing indicators, so you feel like you really are talking to the weather cat on the other side… And one of the most thoughtful bots is Spring. Personally I like fashion and brands, but I hate spending the time. And that’s the fastest way for me to get a curated list of products that actually matches what I want to buy, and buy them really quickly.