The chatbot mania is led by personal assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home, followed by a fleet of single-use bots from smaller startups. You can text message Digit to find out the balance of your checking account. Kip will help you and your office mates coordinate group purchases. Howdy is billed as your “digital coworker” who automates repetitive tasks like collecting lunch orders.

Still, few of these bots seem to have captured our imaginations quite like SmarterChild did. Much of the current chatting tech is still missing something SmarterChild had plenty of: personality.

‘It Has To Have A Soul’: How Chatbots Get Their Personalities

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