Facebook is reportedly working on a new virtual assistant feature, much like Cortana, Google Now and Siri, but with a slight twist. According to The Information, the social giant will introduce the assistant (codenamed 'Moneypenny') on Facebook Messenger, and this new feature will help you purchase goods as opposed to revealing the weather and setting appointments.
Sharing the same name as the assistant from the James Bond franchise, Facebook's assistant would actually allow Messenger users to ask real people for aid in the research and purchasing of products and services. It's also reported that Moneypenny would be able to help out with various tasks, though specifics as to what tasks would be supported were not confirmed.
It's still early days and there's no currently release date for the feature. But we put it to you: would you use such a feature, should Facebook eventually release Moneypenny into the wild?
Source: The Information
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