Chatbot History: Microsoft Zo Chatbot

Microsoft Zo Chatbot.

After the Microsoft Tay chatbot went rogue and was taken down, the company launched Microsoft Zo. She was another English language social chatbot and was released in December 2016 on Kik Messenger and was then made available on Facebook Messenger, Twitter DMs, and the group chat platform GroupMe. Zo was essentially the English language version … Read more

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Virtual Assistants: Amazon Alexa Chatbot

A wide array of Amazon Alexa devices.

The Amazon Alexa Chatbot, also referred to as simply Alexa, is an artificially intelligent virtual assistant technology created by Amazon. This virtual assistant system supports voice interaction, provides traffic and weather updates on-demand, and controls smart devices from Amazon and other manufacturers, essentially working as a home automation system. Alexa can be made more useful … Read more

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Chatbot History: The Tay Chatbot – Microsoft’s Problem Child

The Tay Chatbot by Microsoft. - a Problem-Child Chatbot.

The Tay chatbot was an artificially intelligent chatbot developed at Microsoft. The chatbot was intended to be deployed on Twitter so that it could interact with people on the microblogging website and “learn” from these interactions. It was commissioned on March 23, 2016, but was taken down just 16 hours later because it started posting … Read more

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Chatbot History: The Mitsuku Chatbot

Mitsuku Chatbot or Kuki to her friends.

The Mitsuku chatbot, also known as Kuki, is an artificially intelligent chatbot created using Artificial Intelligence Markup Language (AIML). She made her debut in 2005 and went on to win the Loebner Prize five times in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, and 2019. It can be accessed as a flash game on Mousebreaker games. It is … Read more

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Chatbot History: The Jabberwacky Chatbot and Family

The Jabberwacky Chatbot

The Jabberwacky chatbot and family were developed by Rollo Carpenter, a British programmer. Jabberwacky was made available on the internet in 1997. The aim of this chatbot was to recreate natural human conversation that is entertaining, interesting, and has a touch of humor. It was one of the earliest attempts to develop artificial intelligence using … Read more

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Chatbot History: The IBM Watson Assistant Chatbot

IBM's Watson wins Joepardy.

The IBM Watson Assistant Chatbot was originally created in 2006 by IBM Research using software called Deep QA. The chatbot was named after IBM’s first CEO Thomas J. Watson. Watson was initially created to answer questions from the TV show Jeopardy and that’s still what Watson is best known for. In fact he ended up … Read more

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Chatbot History: Evie the Cleverbot

Evie the Cleverbot

What is Evie the Cleverbot? Well Cleverbot and Evie are two separate chatbots that share the same database, and likely some other files. While they are separate chatbots, it can be said that Evie is a sibling of, or perhaps a child of Cleverbot. So Evie the Cleverbot is simply Cleverbot with a female voice … Read more

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Chatbot History: The ALICE Chatbot

Chatbot ALICE

ALICE, which stands for Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity, was created by Dr. Richard Wallace back in the early days of the Internet on November 23, 1995. The website still exists in the same state it was launched, and users can chat with the ALICE chatbot anytime they want. ALICE is also known as Alicebot … Read more

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Chatbot History: The ELIZA Chatbot

The ELIZA chatbot

Created by Joseph Weizenbaum at the MIT Computerized Reasoning Laboratory in 1964 – 1966, the ELIZA chatbot was not only the first chatbot, she is still one of the most popular chatbots to have ever been created. ELIZA used a number of different programs or “scripts” to help manage her interactions with users. The ELIZA … Read more

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What is the History of Chatbots?

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

The history of chatbots is actually much longer than you might think. Because of the complex nature of today’s chatbots, I couldn’t blame you for assuming they were a fairly recent development. But the concept was first discussed as far back as 1950, and the concept of self controlled machines or robots was introduced even … Read more

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