Have you ever spoken to a chat bot? You may have done so and not even realized it. But if technology companies have their way, it's likely that you'll spend time in conversation with one in 2016.
And if chat bots are a breakthrough success in 2016, how will the media be able to harness this new technology?
Chat bots are online services programmed to take actions or give automated responses based on comments or questions that a user sends to them. These responses can be very simple, like checking the weather near you or providing transport timetables.