Last Updated on December 9, 2020 by Sean B

Latest Chatbot History Articles

Read the latest articles about chatbot history, fictional chatbots, and the people, events, and technologies that influenced the development of chatbots.

  • What Are the Best Chatbots for Shopify?
    Last Updated on December 25, 2020 by Sean B If you want to run a successful online business, you need to be on top of everything going on in your company, especially public relations. Business these days is fast, and the sheer amount of transactions and queries arising from the customers cannot be handled by a single person or even a small team. This purpose can be served by chatbots that automate the process of responding to customers and clients. Being one of the leading multinational online marketplaces, Shopify gets a lot of traffic, and the vendors need to get …

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  • The Lego Ralph Chatbot: All You Need to Know
    The Lego Ralph Chatbot is one of the best examples of a Sales and Marketing Chatbot. Facebook has lately become more of a marketplace and advertisement space than a social media platform. No brand exists on the earth without a proper presence on Facebook. When you are on Facebook, potential customers and clients naturally want to interact with you, and the way they do this is by using Facebook Messenger. If a brand were to appoint people to respond to all the millions of text messages originating on Messenger, they would have to hire a small army of support agents. …

    Read the full article >>The Lego Ralph Chatbot: All You Need to Know

  • The Creation of the Internet: The Early Days
    Last Updated on December 15, 2020 by Sean B Before the creation of the internet or even computers, as we know them today, voice and data communication was made possible from one location to another using circuit switching technology. This initial communication technology was entirely basic, and the system worked by an operator in the exchange creating, or “switching on” a direct electronic connection between the two telephone sets or fax machine trying to connect. This system of communication was challenged by Paul Baran of the RAND Corporation, who intended to create a system that could remain functional even in …

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  • What is the Elbot Chatbot? Everything You Need to Know
    Last Updated on December 11, 2020 by Sean B The Elbot Chatbot is a highly advanced and sophisticated chatbot developed by the tech company Artificial Solutions, one of the leading firms carrying out research on conversational AI. Launched in 2001, Elbot is one of the more interesting AI chatbots available online. Before we get too deep into Elbot and all its quirks and features, we need to talk about conversational AI and the Teneo platform on which Elbot is based. What is Conversational AI? Man has always felt machines to be alien. They cannot think, feel, or talk like us. …

    Read the full article >>What is the Elbot Chatbot? Everything You Need to Know

  • A Brief Biography of Richard Wallace: The Mind Behind ALICE
    Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Sean B The history of AI is filled with fascinating inventions, and the minds behind those inventions are equally enchanting. The field of AI has been continuously revolutionized for decades, and many milestones have been achieved by teams of developers that no one had thought could be made possible. In this blog, we will focus on the life and career of a pioneer behind a ground-breaking milestone in the field of Artificial Intelligence, ALICE (Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity). That pioneer is no other than Richard Wallace. Richard Wallace was the developer of …

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Chatbot History Categories

Read on to learn about the history of chatbots and how it has been influenced.

Chatbots & Virtual Assistants

This category focuses on important Chatbots, Virtual Assistants, and Virtual Agents.

Important People & Events

This category focuses on the People, Events, and Technologies that helped drive chatbot development!

Fictional Chatbots

This category focuses on the various Robots and AI Computers from Sci-Fi that influenced chatbot development.

Chatbot History - from the first description through the Virtual Assistants of today

Chatbot History Timeline

This section lays out the key events we cover following the guide above. The titles and dates will be linked through to the full articles for each topic when available.

Chatbots and
Virtual Assistants


  • 1950: Alan Turing defines the Imitation Game, now called the Turing Test
  • 1969: The creation of the ARPANET
  • 1983: The Internet becomes fully operational
  • 1985: launched
  • 1990: Archie the first Search Engine launches
  • 1991: The www TLD opens to the public
  • 1994: Michael Mauldin, founder of Lycos, creates the term “chatterbot”
  • 1995: Altavista the first natural language Search Engine launches
  • 1995: The Google Search Engine Algorithm develoepd
  • 1995: Amazon, Craigslist, and eBay all go live
  • 1998: Google Search Engine launches for public use
  • 2000: The Bubble bursts
  • 2003: WordPress launched
  • 2004: Facebook launched


  • 1726: The Engine from Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift
  • 1909: The Machine from The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster
  • 1920: The first use of the word “Robot” in Rossum’s Universal Robots by Karel Čapek
  • 1927: The robots from the film Metropolis
  • 1939: The Ship’s Navigation Computer from Misfit by Robert A. Heinlein
  • 1945: The Brain from Escape! by Isaac Asimov
  • 1946: Joe from A Logic Named Joe by Murray Leinster
  • 1950: The Machines from The Evitable by Isaac Asimov
  • 1966: The LCARS or Star Trek Computer from the TV Series Star Trek
  • 1968: HAL-9000 from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 1977: C-3PO and R2-D2 from the film Star Wars
  • 1979: Deep Thought and Marvin from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • 1982: KITT from the TV show Knight Rider
  • 1983: WOPR from the film War Games
  • 1984: The Terminators and SkyNet from the film The Terminator
  • 1984: Max Headroom from Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future
  • 1985: The toy called Tomy Chatbot
  • 1999: The Agents and others from the film The Matrix
  • 2001: David from the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • 2001: The Red Queen from the film Resident Evil

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