Robots are in our near future, and just like most technology these days, Facebook has a hand in it. The social media giant is having their annual developer conference, F8 and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to announce some exciting news regarding A.I. Here a few things to take note of.
1. BOTS FOR FACEBOOK MESSENGER
It looks like Messenger is becoming more like a one-stop-shop instead of the simple messaging app of days past. This year, Facebook is bringing bots to Messenger. Chat bots to be exact. Businesses and developers will be able to make their services available inside Messenger by way of Chat SDK. Let’s hope it works better than Microsoft’s racist robot.
2. CUSTOMIZED BOTS ARE COMING
Using Chat SDK, developers will be able to create specialized bots for Messenger. These bots will allow users to interact with various services that usually require a different app. For example, users will be able to log on Messenger and chat with a bot to recommend a restaurant for the night or perhaps book a flight to Gary, Indiana. Not that you’d want to go to Gary, Indiana, but the possibility is there and that’s what matters.
3. MESSENGER GOES APPLE PAY
To further solidify its place as one-stop-shop for all your needs, Facebook will be introducing a transaction feature. Instead of opening up a separate app or using something like Apple Pay, Messenger will allow people to make transactions and communicate with businesses inside the app.
4. LOADS OF NEW FEATURES FOR LIVE VIDEO
Like many other companies, Facebook is putting a lot of effort into the live-streaming video. Last week, they announced loads of new features for Live including interactive features and streaming capabilities. As far as developers go, it’s not certain how this will be pitched due to the youth of the platform. That being said, expect them to make some kind of announcement regarding Live at this year’s F8.
5. GET YOUR OWN A. I. ASSISTANT
Slowly, but surely, Facebook has been hyping up their A.I. The virtual assistant ‘M’ will likely be highlighted at F8. The bot is still in its early days, so don’t expect to hear much about the A.I, however, it’s clear the company is excited about the future of its algorithms.