Fictional Chatbot: KITT from Knight Rider

A screengrab from the Knight Rider opening featuring KITT.

The original Knight Rider was one of the quintessential TV shows from the early to mid-1980’s. Yes, there were additional shows that came after it ended, including Team Knight Rider that ran from 1997-1998 and a revised Knight Rider that ran in 2008-2009, but we’re going to ignore those just like most of the American … Read more

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The History of Fictional Chatbots

Fictional Chatbots and Computers with Artificial Intelligence have inspired real advances in the fields.

Before we get started, let’s acknowledge that all of these characters are fictional. They were created in Science Fiction, but some of them have actually been recreated, or at least mimicked in real life. Some are being listed because the ideas behind them have, in many cases, directly inspired the development of similar technology and … Read more

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Fictional Chatbot: HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey

HAL-9000 from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

HAL 9000, affectionately referred to as HAL, is thankfully not a real chatbot or computer of any sort. Luckily, he was only the product of human imagination and is a character in a movie. If you do not have a taste for Sci-Fi movies, HAL is an extremely powerful supercomputer featured in 2001: A Space … Read more

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Fictional Chatbots: R.U.R. Rossum’s Universal Robots

Rossum's Universal Robots, a play by Karel Čapek.

R.U.R., also known as Rossum’s Universal Robots, was written in 1920 by the Czech playwright Karel Čapek. The play premiered on the 25th of January in 1921. Čapek’s play was the first appearance of the word Robot in the English language and in Science Fiction. The word robot is derived from the Czech word for … Read more

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Fictional Chatbot: The Star Trek Enterprise Computer – LCARS

The Star Trek Enterprise Computer ran everything on the ship.

Star Trek: Enterprise is one of the most technologically advanced Sci-Fi series. The most notable tech attraction in the series is the Star Trek Enterprise computer system that controls pretty much everything in the Enterprise. This advanced AI system is known as the Library Computer Access and Retrieval System (LCARS). LCARS was the main computer … Read more

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Fictional Chatbots: The Engine from Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver's Travels

The Engine is a fictional device described in Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift back in 1726. To my knowledge, it is the first device described anywhere that resembles a modern computer. The Engine generates permutations of word sets and is found (in the fictional world of course) at the Academy of Projectors in Lagado. Swift’s … Read more

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Fictional Chatbots: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Don't Panic

Some of the greatest inspirations for chatbots come from robots and computers in Science Fiction, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe had two of the greatest. The first being Marvin, a robot with the personality of a human, including the Depression and Paranoia that can often accompany it. The second is Deep Thought, a Super-Computer … Read more

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