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 Disaster Management?
    Last Updated on June 24, 2021 by Sean B Chatbots are computer programs that are made and designed to interact with humans. The best chatbots for Disaster Management can decode the information provided to them, whether in the form of spoken words or typed letters, and they answer accordingly, eliminating the human error elements in disastrous situations. They are ready to interact 24/7, and with the help of AI, they can handle multiple conversations at the same time. Here are some of the best Chatbots for Disaster Management Situations that are very effective in dealing with emergency situations in general. …

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  • What are the Best Chatbots for Sales?
    Last Updated on May 26, 2021 by Sean B Today many companies rely on bots for managing various business tasks. The best chatbots for sales, or Sales Bots are basically designed to provide a certain group of people with the material and tools that are needed to sell products successfully. In this generation, chatbots make the whole process a lot easier and hassle-free. With the help of the instruments and content, chatbots make the deals more productive and effective. Every business looks forward to increasing their sales, so for that, they need to update their ways of customer support from …

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  • What are the Best Chatbots for Customer Service?
    Last Updated on May 22, 2021 by Sean B Customer service is one of the main reasons why chatbots are used today, and it makes sense. The best chatbots for customer service can help a company reduce the response time and hours staff spends answering basic questions. All that means the business can spend more time focusing on growing their business. It is due to their efficient working that many companies have shifted their attention in having for their customer service management. Customer service providers are a company’s front face and play a key role in setting the impression on …

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  • What are the Best Chatbots for Real Estate?
    Last Updated on May 26, 2021 by Sean B If you are in the business of real estate, you probably get a lot of questions from prospective customers, and it might be difficult to answer them all. Customers want to know everything before they make any decision about their property, and sometimes they don’t even know the questions they need to ask. Chatbots can help a lot in handling these tasks. The best chatbots for Real Estate can speed up the process of replying to general questions and can even connect to your listings to make suggestions about properties to …

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  • What Is a Visual Chatbot?
    So, just what is a Visual Chatbot? Visual Chatbots are AI Chatbots that can recognize visual images and discuss them in detail. Put simply, they are chatbots that focus on image recognition and examination. Often these chatbots are used in the diagnosing of different issues. You can imagine these chatbots are used quite often in the Medical and for a variety of industries where repairing a problem requires the examination of an image. In this article, we cover everything you should know about Visual Chatbots, starting with: What they are? What sorts of benefits do they provide? What are their …

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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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