What’s Your Name Again? A Take on Human Names for Coming AI Chatbots


Penny is personal finance coach. Ava empowers hard-of-hearing and deaf people. Claire is a chatbot for testing consumer products. An interesting article by business and technology columnist Joanna Glasner, titled “At AI Bot Startups, Cool Kids Rule,” explores some of the names developers and early stage companies are giving to their AI powered bots and solutions.

Glasner writes, “You would think at least one AI-powered humanoid bot would have a properly nerdy name. Maybe a Pointdexter or Hildegarde to add some natural language processing to your customer chat app?

“No such luck. Instead, it sounds like the cool kids are in charge at most digital assistant and bot startups. Think short, peppy names that top the popular baby name lists. There’s Aiden and Riley putting AI to work for marketers. Mya can chip in with recruiting. And Ava helps the hearing impaired. You get the idea.”

She continues, “Those are some of the more than twenty recently funded startups in the Crunchbase dataset with a human-sounding name that are developing some sort of digital assistant or AI bot. They’re working on tools for across a range of consumer and enterprise tasks, from lead generation and customer service to tracking personal finances.

For Glasner’s complete take on the AI chatbot trend, see the full article here.