Facebook Messenger is quickly becoming a ubiquitous platform for messaging with friends, and the social media giant's new chat assist service aims to add some intelligence to the app. Chat assist, currently available in the US only, will recognize certain words and phrases and give prompts to users.
The chat assist system has several different actions that it can conduct. For instance, if users are sending messages to one another about exchanging money -- say, for a rec league team -- chat assist will automatically highlight the dollar figure and let users set a reminder to pay it. It can also create ad hoc polls within Messenger. For example, if the rec league chat is discussing what color jerseys they should wear, chat assist will recognize that and automatically create a poll with the suggested color options.