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With AI Advances, Facebook Tests M, Your Newest Assistant


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The logo of M, Facebook's Artificial Intelligence-based digital assistant.

The volume of data Facebook serves to users' News Feeds is growing about 50% per year, according to Mike Schroepfer, the company's chief technology officer.

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Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer says the volume of data Facebook serves to users' News Feeds is increasing about 50 percent annually, adding, "the best way I can think of to keep pace with this growth is to build intelligent systems that will help us sort through the deluge of content."

Facebook has been making artificial intelligence (AI) a priority for several years, and Schroepfer notes the Facebook A.I. Research (FAIR) team already has made gains in image recognition and natural-language processing. The FAIR team says its new image-recognition AI system can detect images 30-percent faster while using 10 times less training data than previous industry benchmarks. It also merged its image-recognition technology with a system it calls Memory Networks, which is designed to read and answer text questions.

Schroepfer says one of the goals of the company's AI research efforts is to perfect M, an AI digital assistant Facebook is developing and which currently is being tested. The goal is to produce a system that can complete multi-step tasks with minimal assistance; for example, purchasing a gift and having it shipped to the right person or making travel arrangements.

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