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AI at the turn of the millennium
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 Commercial AI
Ask.com (Formerly Ask Jeeves)
Artificial Life
Conversay
eGain Communications
LifeLike Solutions (Formerly Extempo Systems )
iPhrase
Kiwilogic
Mindmaker
NativeMinds
Novomind
Soliloquy
Virtual Personalities
Zabaware
AnswerChase
Botego
Ask.com (Formerly Ask Jeeves)
Ask.com provides an online personal service infrastructure that allows companies to connect users to information through automated search and natural language question answering. The company’s flagship product takes questions asked in natural language, and provides users with guidance through the web. The company’s corporate customers include AirTouch Communications, ArthurAndersen, Compaq, Datek Online, Dell, Fidelity Investments and Hewlett-Packard.

http://www.aj.com
Artificial Life
Artificial Life initially developed, marketed, and supported animated chatterbot agents, to be used for e-commerce, CRM, portfolio management, and information retrieval. The company’s customers included Eagle Star Direct, Credit Suisse First Boston, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Today the company focuses in broadband mobile technology.


http://www.artificial-life.com
Conversay
Conversay’s technology enables voice interaction with the Internet and related applications for both mobile and traditional Internet access devices. The company developed a speech engine that drives all of its products: the client application embedded on the device, the conversation server that Provide speech-driven access to networked information through a telephone connection, and the developer tools that voice power Web content and enable interactive conversations. The company’s partners include Texas Instruments, Samsung and Macromedia. Today Conversay focuses on speech technology for mobile devices.

http://www.conversay.com
eGain Communications
eGain is a provider of customer interaction software for the Internet including licensed and hosted applications for email management, chatterbot agents, interactive web and voice collaboration and knowledge management. In February 2000 eGain acquired Big Science Company, a developer of animated chatterbot to be used in a web environment as an interactive question answering self-service solution, for approximately $35M. eGain’s clients include 3Com, AOL, CNBC, GTE, and Mazda.

http://www.eGain.com
LifeLike Solutions (Formerly Extempo Systems )
Lifelike Solutions will soon launch CoachMe4.com, where lifelike CoachBots will offer personalized, one-to-one coaching on diet and exercise to help people lose weight, improve their health, and enhance their well-being.

http://www.lifelikesolutions.com/
iPhrase
iPhrase, which was formed by scientists from the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT, developed a web site navigation and search platform application, supporting natural language dialogue. iPhrase’s technology interprets a user's question and queries the relevant data sources in order to present a specific answer. iPhrase is currently deploying its industry-defining solution on Web sites in the finance and IT categories. The company's first round of financing included investors such as Sequoia Capital and Charles River Ventures.

http://www.iPhrase.com
Kiwilogic
Kiwilogic develops Internet tools that facilitate natural language communication. The company creates chatterbots named Lingubots to be used for interpreting and answering natural language statements. Customers include Olympus and Expo 2000.

http://www.Kiwilogic.com
Mindmaker
Mindmaker develops intelligent agents, speech input/output interfaces, natural language processing, machine learning, machine reasoning, and other artificial intelligence technologies. The company claims that its products assist users in working with applications, surfing the web, and managing information, using spoken commands. Mindmaker’s customer base includes Creative Technology, Ltd., Yahoo! Inc., and Lernout & Hauspie. In March 2000, the company announced the acquisition of 3F, a Natural Language Processing (NLP) software company located in Durham, UK.

http://www.Mindmaker.com
NativeMinds
NativeMinds develops software for the creation and deployment of chatterbot agents known as Virtual Representatives (vReps) - interactive, online sales, and service representatives. The company’s customers include SmithKline Beecham, one2one, Axcess Media, Bigstep.com, Track Data and Convergys, a provider of outsourced, integrated billing and customer management solutions. Convergys is also a shareholder in NativeMinds, alongside Silicon Valley’s Band of Angels investment group and Aliant Inc.

http://www.nativeminds.com
Novomind
Novomind, a Hamburg based company, develops Virtual web agents for web sites, who function as sales assistants, customer service advisors or figures of identification. The company’s agents have various graphical representation options, and can be animated as human-like characters. The company’s customers include Bertelsmann and bol.uk.

http://www.Novomind.com
Soliloquy
Soliloquy develops commercial-bots for e-commerce by using NLP engine. The Soliloquy’s technology allows computers to engage in human-like dialogue and to provide answers to questions posed to them on Web sites. The company’s products, dialog mining and data experts, are being used by CNET Networks, Buy.com and Acer group.

http://www.soliloquy.com
Virtual Personalities
Virtual Personalities creates intelligent user interfaces featuring verbally interactive characters called Verbots - chatterbots combining artificial intelligence and advanced real-time animation. The company was founded by Dr. Michael Mauldin, founder of Lycos.

http://www.vperson.com
Zabaware
Zabaware develops chatterbot software that combines speech recognition and real-time animation to assist users in working with various PC applications. Unlike the companies listed above, Zabaware’s product is geared toward individual PC users rather than corporate clients.

http://www.zabaware.com
AnswerChase
AnswerChase offers high-precision products and services for Intelligence Monitoring (IM) based on its proprietary NLP and fuzzy logic based answer acquisition technology. AnswerChase’s PROve 4.0 software automatically finds answers to complex natural language questions. It scans thousands of Web sources, engines, and extranets, while reading every page line-by-line on the fly.

http://www.answerchase.com
Botego
Botégo creates virtual assistans operating on the web sites and IM platforms. The company uses its proprietary pattern-matching technology used in chatbots, content-sensitive autoresponders and knowledgebase tools.

http://http://www.botego.com/english.htm
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