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The A. I. Foundation presents this overview of the chat robot industry as a unique service sponsored by our members. We include a database not only of AIML Bot projects but also of closely related AIML spinoffs, as well as proprietary non-AIML languages and companies, and a survey of chat robot software patents.

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Chat Robot Communities


One of the most interesting developments in the chat bot technology areas is the emergence of companies and projects that enable the development of communities of people (botmasters) and bots. Although none of these projects can as yet claim to be a great financial success story, they have succeeded in creating sustainable markets for large numbers of users of their respective technologies. As these communities grow, we expect to see emerging secondary markets for books, classes and instructional materials, add-on software products, conferences and trade shows, and consulting businesses. The most important feature of these communities is the emergence of an eco-system for trade and business between the multitude of developers and users of these bot systems.

Many of the people involved in the bot communities are youth and students. This has the dual benefit that young people grow into adults who will continue to have an interest in this technology as they enter their careers, and will carry the torch of the bot technology into the real world of business, much as early pioneers of PC technology did a generation ago. The second benefit is that we will continue to recruit new generations of young people as they become interested in bots through online chat, web sites, and mass media. So we expect the chat bot communities to continue their rapid growth.

The major online bot communities today include:

Project: Pandorabots
URL: http://www.pandorabots.com/
Principal: Dr. Doubly Aimless
Remark: 50000 botmasters, 60000 bots

Community: ALICE A. I. Foundation
URL: http://www.alicebot.org/
Principal: Dr. Richard S. Wallace
Remark: 200 members, 500 developers, 250000 downloads

Community: RunABot
URL: http://www.runabot.com/
Principal: Dave DeVitry
Remark: 100000 botmasters

Community: AI-Buddy
URL: http://www.ai-buddy.com/
Principal: Unknown
Remark: 5100 members

Community: Zabaware
URL: http://www.zabaware.com/
Principal: Robert Medeksza, President
Remark: 200000 downloads

Community: Personality Forge
URL: http://www.personalityforge.com/
Principal: Benji Adams
Remark: 2500 members

Community: Robitron
URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/robitron
Principal: David Hamill
Remark: Watering Hole for Loebner Prize winners, contestants, organizers, fans and Hugh Loebner


Last update: 11/31/04


The chat robot industry survey is a work in progress and remains incomplete. If you know of a project or company that should be listed here but isn't, please send a message to info@alicebot.org. Be sure to include the project name, URL, principal (such as President, Chairman, CEO, Director, or Project Leader), and a brief remark describing the project or its goals.

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