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.

  • Hello Barbie – An Innovative Chatbot Toy
    Hello Barbie was introduced by Mattel in 2015 in response to dropping revenue from Barbie. While Barbie was still popular, she was not the star she once was with revenues dropping from over 1.3 billion USD in 2011 to less than One billion USD in 2013. This was due to a backlash caused by the negative body image Barbie’s figure was causing among young girls. The Barbie doll had become a centerpiece for kids since its debut in 1959 as among the most popular dolls of all time. Mattel, Barbie’s billion-dollar leading company, was actualizing some alterations. Several toymakers have …

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  • The Development of Safer Browsing with HTTPS
    The development and adoption of safer browsing with HTTPS meant the transmission of data was finally safe enough for widespread eCommerce and banking. For the transmission of data across devices and networks on the internet, it needs to follow protocols that tell the computers how to send information from them to the modem and on to the Internet Service Provider (ISP). The ISP then relays this information to the modem of the recipient, and then the same protocol is used by the recipient to decode the information. These protocols are what make the internet work. The Predecessor of HTTPS Currently, …

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  • The Levi’s Chatbot: Levi’s Virtual Stylist
    Technology is advancing at an alarming rate in the current day and age. Artificial intelligence is making gigantic strides every day and perhaps one of the best examples of this is the widespread implementation of chatbots. The latest implementation of AI in chatbots is Levi’s Chatbot, also called Levi’s Virtual Stylist. It is the perfect example of the role that AI is going to play in our future. Levi’s Chatbot which can be best defined as an AI Virtual Stylist is the take of this illustrious clothing brand’s implementation of technology and AI into its chatbot program. The Levi’s Chatbot …

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  • The Dot Com Bubble Bursts
    Last Updated on February 17, 2021 by Sean B The advent and subsequent widespread use of the internet shaped the destiny of the world in a number of ways. One of the most famous or infamous, if you think that way, events associated with the internet is the Dot.com Bubble, particularly when the Dot Com bubble burst. The entire bubble event sent people from rags to riches and back to rags within a decade. A Little Context of the Story The internet was first conceived of as a network between the Military, Universities, and Laboratories in the late 1950s. This …

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  • What Is Interactive Voice Response (IVR)?
    This blog will discuss a telecommunication technology that most of you are familiar with (and probably hate.) You might call them automated phone systems, but the real name of the technology is IVR, or Interactive Voice Response. We will briefly touch upon the history of IVR, its uses, and its uses. We’ll also discuss a little bit about how they are related to, and helped lead to, the chatbot technology we have today. Telecommunication is a rich field that has brought people together from vast distances since its advent. Communication and interaction over vast distances was an enormous problem for …

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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

Important
Events

  • 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: Symbolics.com 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 dot.com Bubble bursts
  • 2003: WordPress launched
  • 2004: Facebook launched

Fictional
Chatbots

  • 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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