What is the Elbot Chatbot? Everything You Need to Know

Last Updated on December 11, 2020 by Sean B

The Elbot Chatbot is a highly advanced and sophisticated chatbot developed by the tech company Artificial Solutions, one of the leading firms carrying out research on conversational AI. Launched in 2001, Elbot is one of the more interesting AI chatbots available online. Before we get too deep into Elbot and all its quirks and features, we need to talk about conversational AI and the Teneo platform on which Elbot is based.

What is Conversational AI?

Man has always felt machines to be alien. They cannot think, feel, or talk like us. The aim of artificial intelligence is to diminish the difference between man and machine and create machines that can interact with humans in a human-like way. Conversational AI is the implementation of artificial intelligence to create machines that can “talk” like us, in other words, AI Chatbots.

Conversational AI can never be considered to be a standalone entity. It works in conjunction with AI, machine learning, and natural speech processing to create a conversational environment that feels like talking to another human being and not a machine. Conversational AI can be explained as being analogous to a child who has just started speaking. It starts with a basic level of speech and knowledge and learns from its interactions with humans becoming smarter with every next conversation.

Teneo – The Chatbot Platform Behind the Elbot Chatbot

The Elbot Chatbot is based on Teneo, the conversational AI program developed by Artificial Solutions. Teneo is a multi-language, multi-platform tool that can be used to make chatbots for a number of different platforms and is available in 35 different languages. The concept behind Teneo is a revolutionary one. This platform is not just one chatbot; it is a hub for making chatbots for various uses.

The whole system is cloud-hosted, and all the new information from the experiences of different chatbots is gathered at a central platform from where it is used for the development and enhancement of all the chatbots created using this platform.

What is Elbot?

Elbot is an artificially intelligent chatbot that was created in 2001 by Fred Roberts. He used Teneo as a base to create this chatbot, and it is among some of the leading chatbots currently available. In the simplest words, the Elbot chatbot is programmed to produce human-like replies in response to the input it gets from the users.

As Teneo is a conversational AI platform, Elbot is essentially based on Conversational AI, and anyone can go to its website and interact with it. The Elbot Chatbot also offers a mobile app that users can use to chat to it. Elbot says that it is just a machine, and just like other machines, it needs constant care and attention. That is provided by all the humans interacting with it, who make it smarter and more knowledgeable with every conversation.

Chatbots like the Elbot Chatbot only exist for us to talk to them, but they have a whole lot of things going on that make them “them.” Elbot constantly tries to make itself better by adding the data from dictionaries, address books, instructions manuals, and much more to its database so that it can produce an acceptable response in any given situation.

Awards and Prizes Won by Elbot

One of the core reasons for creating Elbot was to develop a platform that can showcase the capabilities of the AI system Teneo, and that’s why the creators of Elbot have never missed any opportunity to compete in various tests, prizes, and awards for chatbots. Elbot has lived up to the expectations of its creators and has made quite some name for itself.

The Chatterbox Challenge is a chatbot competition in which Elbot contested several times, and it was voted to be the Most Popular Bot by public opinion, and also the funniest and the most knowledgeable bot. It has also been the finalist in numerous competitions that it has contested.

In 2008 Elbot was the winner of the Loebner Prize after having convinced 3 of the 12 judges that it was indistinguishable from humans in the way it converses. However, it did not manage to pass the Turing Test. For that, it would have had to convince at least 4 judges out of 12 to meet the 30% threshold set by Alan Turing for passing the Turing Test. The following is the performance of Elbot in different tests.

  • 4th Place in the Loebner Prize in 2002
  • 2nd Place in the Loebner Prize in 2003.
  • Won the Chatterbox Challenge and named the funniest bot in 2003.
  • The funniest and the most knowledgeable bot in the Chatterbox Challenge in 2004.
  • Finalist in the Chatterbox Challenge in 2006 and 2007.
  • Won Loebner Prize in 2008, convincing 3 of the 12 judges that they were talking to a human and not a bot.
  • Most Popular Bot according to a public vote in the Chatterbox Challenge in 2010

Applications of Elbot

Elbot is based on Teneo, which is an enterprise Artificial Intelligence solution platform, but the bot itself is not a commercial product. The reason behind creating this bot was to advertise the potential of the company’s conversational AI abilities and as a way to study the psychology of human-machine interaction. It will not be wrong to say that the bot has performed very well in both fields. A lot of people know about the bot and Teneo, the technology it is based on, and their parent company, Artificial Solutions.

Another purpose of developing the Elbot Chatbot was to create a platform to feed new information and ability into Teneo. A lot of people interact with Elbot on a daily basis, and that adds to the collective intelligence of Teneo, and all their bots can benefit from the experiences of Elbot.

The Final Verdict

Artificial Solution is a tech company that specializes in conversational AI. They developed a platform known as Teneo to create chatbots and other AI solutions. The Elbot Chatbot is the pilot project of the company and one of the most capable chatbots to ever be. It is available for use by anyone on its website and mobile apps. The information and experiences of the bot are added to Teneo, and all the chatbots working with the same platform can benefit from it.

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