Definition

chatterbot

A chatterbot is a program that attempts to simulate the conversation or "chatter" of a human being. Chatterbots such as "Eliza" and "Parry" were well-known early attempts at creating programs that could at least temporarily fool a real human being into thinking they were talking to another person. A chatterbot can be thought of as the spokesperson for an artificial intelligence (AI).

Chatterbots have been used in the online interactive games called Tinymuds. A single player may be able to interact with a chatterbot while awaiting other "live" players. At least one company is making a product that lets you build a chatterbot to handle sales-related or other questions on your Web site. And it is not difficult to imagine two chatterbots talking to each other and perhaps even exchanging information about each other so that their conversation could become more sophisticated. (To see how scary this could become, see artificial intellect.) And, of course, they would use some of the more common chat acronyms.

Related glossary terms: SOA networking
This was last updated in April 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Email Alerts

Register now to receive SearchSOA.com-related news, tips and more, delivered to your inbox.
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Do you have something to add to this definition? Let us know.

Send your comments to techterms@whatis.com

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: