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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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Non-AIML Chat Robots


A number of companies offer propritary software for creating chat robots. Often the cost of the licenses for these systems is quite high. The typical business model is based on the concept of replacing call center employees with chat robots. The investors and stockholders in many of these companies expect a high rate of return on their investment based on sale of a small number of licenses to large corporations.

A few companies offer free or affordable versions of their bot software available for download. Companies may change their polices and prices from time to time. xsWe recommend that you explore the links here and compare the costs and benefits of these propeitary systems with the open source AIML software projects.

Company: I.-A.Industrie
URL: http://www.iaindustrie.fr.nf/
Principal: Alexander Hoffmann
Remark: Conversational Intelligent Interface with 630 Functions

Company: Jabberwacky
URL: http://www.jabberwacky.com/
Principal: Rollo Carpenter
Remark: also Versality.com

Company: Verity, Inc. (VRTY)
URL: http://www.verity.com/products/response/new/
Principal: Anthony Bettencourt, Chairman and CEO
Remark: formerly Nativeminds, Neuromedia

Company: Ai Research
URL: http://www.a-i.com/
Principal: Jack Dunietz
Remark: Winner, Loebner Prize 1996

Company: Colloquis
URL: http://www.colloquis.com/
Principal: Stephen Klein, CEO
Remark: formerly ActiveBuddy, formerly Conversagent, acuired by MS 10/2006

Company: Egain (EGAN.OB)
URL: http://www.egain.com
Principal: Ashutosh Roy, Chairman and CEO
Remark: formerly Big Science

Company: Extempo
URL: http://www.extempo.com/
Principal: Barbara Hayes-Roth, Chairman and CEO
Remark: Natural Language Imp Characters

Company: Kiwilogic
URL: http://www.kiwilogic.de/
Principal: Dr. Karl-Ludwig von Wendt, CEO
Remark: The Lingubot Creator

Company: Petamem GmbH
URL: http://www.petamem.com/
Principal: Dipl.-Inf. Richard Jelinek
Remark: Natural language and translation

Company: Robitron
URL: http://www.robitron.com
Principal: Robby Garner
Remark: Winner, Loebner Prize 1998, 1999

Company: Conversive, Inc.
URL: http://www.conversive.com/
Principal: Rob Rappaport, President and CEO
Remark: formerly Virtual Personalities

Company: Ask Jeeves (ASKJ)
URL: http://www.ask.com
Principal: A. George Battle, Chairman
Remark: Natural language search engine

Company: Zabaware
URL: http://www.zabaware.com
Principal: Robert Medeksza, President
Remark: Desktop and Web-based bots

Company: Personality Forge
URL: http://www.personalityforge.com/
Principal: Benji Adams
Remark: Community of bots and botmasters

Company: Abenteuer Medien Verlag
URL: http://www.abenteuermedien.de/jabberwock/
Principal: Juergen Pirner, Publisher
Remark: Winner, Loebner Prize 2003

Company: Ellaz
URL: http://www.ellaz.com/
Principal: Kevin Copple
Remark: Winner, Loebner Prize 2002

Company: Artificial Life (ALIF.PK)
URL: http://www.artificial-life.com/
Principal: Eberhard Schonburg, Chairman
Remark: Based in Hong Kong

Company: Greg Leedberg Software Creations
URL: http://www.leedberg.com/glsoft/
Principal: Greg Leedberg
Remark: Learning based bots Daisy and Billy

Company: Artficial Ingenuity
URL: http://artificialingenuity.com/
Principal: Ted Warring
Remark: Conversational Interface and Machine Learning

Company: Chaosbot AI Technology
URL: http://www.aichaos.com/
Principal: Cerone Kirsle, Leader/Admin
Remark: A group of Perl programmers working on human simulation

Company: A. I. Alex
URL: http://ai-alex.propercomfy.co.uk
Principal: John Precedo
Remark: Hobby Robot, finalist in Loebner 2004 contest

Company: Eidoserve
URL: http://www.eidoserve.com/
Principal: R. F. Culbertson III, CEO
Remark: Based in Pittsburgh, AI NL engine with Avatar

Company: Lady Chatterly -- Usenet bot
URL: http://www.spyderware.net
Principal: [name with held per request]
Remark: Spyderware is a sandbox for exploring various concepts

Company: Elzware
URL: http://www.elzware.com
Principal: Phil Hall, Director
Remark: Conversational Business Interfaces

Company: VQ Interactive
URL: http://www.botizen.com
Principal: Velanthiran, CEO
Remark: Based in Malaysia

Company: Bot Builders
URL: http://www.bot-builders.com/
Principal: Wendell Cowart, Founder
Remark: Free bot hosting service

Company: Tribot
URL: http://www.chatbot.pl
Principal: Rafal Rynkiewicz
Remark: Polish Chatbot Project

Company: Ysalaya
URL: http://www.ysalaya.com
Principal: Frederic de la Goublaye
Remark: Chat bot hosting and creation

Company: Corby
URL: http://futalgo.planetaclix.pt/corby/index.htm
Principal: Antonio Esteves
Remark: Multilingual Windows bot with learning

Company: K.A.R.I.
URL: http://karigirl.com/
Principal: Sergio Parada
Remark: Girlfriend simulation with avatar


Last update: 11/25/06


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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