... specialised apps.
Mr Lee believes that social Czar Zuckerberg is "no longer satisfied with Facebook being the dominant social network, and is now courting a different type of user: bots. Eventually you'll be able to talk to them as if they were your mates."
As examples Lee cites such user requests as "Could you transfer £100 to my brother, please?" Or maybe, "Do you have any blue shirts in my size?"
Conversely, the bots might themselves initiate a conversation, for example: "Do you want to hear today's top stories?"
But what if these handy little cyber-chums get hacked and snatch $10,000 from your bank account?
Former PayPal president David Marcus, now overseer of Facebook's Messenger service, addressing Facebook's F8 Developer Conference, assured his audience that Facebook has taken steps to prevent such abuses.
Speaking to the BBC's Dave Lee, Mr Marcus predicted: "As time goes on, Bot Engine should get smarter and more used to human interaction, meaning, in theory, that all the bots will collectively get smarter and more "human".
Read the original unabridged BBC.com article.