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 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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  • What Are the Best Chatbots for YouTube?
    Selecting a chatbot for YouTube can be a little confusing. There are several great choices, and this article will go into the four best chatbots for YouTube. But why would you need a YouTube chatbot? Well, as your exposure on YouTube grows, you’ll wind up getting more and more comments and other interactions from your viewers. Eventually, this will take up more time than creating content for your channel, that’s when you need someone to moderate these things for you. Hiring a moderator can be helpful to a certain point, but once you have millions of viewers on a live …

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  • What Is Deep Learning?
    What is Deep Learning? Well, put in the simplest of terms, it’s a subset of Machine Learning and a large part of how Artificial Intelligence is changing the way society works. In this post, we cover Deep Learning thoroughly. We’ll discuss what it is, how it works, its models, and architecture. It’s going to be a long post, so let’s just get right to it. So Just What is Deep Learning? Deep Learning is an important part of Artificial Intelligence. The purpose of Deep Learning is to help machines learn on their own. Here is how it goes. Artificial Intelligence …

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  • What Is Machine Learning?
    One of the fastest-growing areas of study in artificial intelligence and chatbot development is machine learning, but what is machine learning exactly? Well, in this post, we’ll try and answer that question and get you familiar with the basics of machine learning. We’ll explain what it is, how it works, its applications, and the different types of Machine Learning. Now that I have your attention, let’s get into the details. What Is Machine Learning? Machine Learning is a branch of artificial intelligence that involves learning by recognizing patterns, instead of following a specific set of rules. Software developed using Machine …

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  • A Brief Biography Of Michael Loren Mauldin
    Michael Loren Mauldin or “Fuzzy” as he prefers to be called, is an interesting character with interests ranging from chatbots to battlebots. The history of computer science and artificial intelligence is saturated with fascinating people that helped the field of artificial intelligence grow and develop as a unique and distinct study. The areas of study under Artificial Intelligence are diverse as well. One of the often discussed topics under artificial intelligence is natural language processing. Developing a computer that can understand, respond to, and communicate with human language has been computer scientists’ goal. In this article, we shall discuss the …

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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 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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