What is a Chatbot?

#artificialintelligence 

If you've been keeping up with the news lately, reading blogs or the occasional legal industry related tweets on twitter, you've heard the deafening cries and dizzying excitement about artificial intelligence, machine learning and chatbots. You see, it all started with Alan Turing, the original computer scientist on which the movie The Imitation Game was based. Turing developed his test in 1950 for intelligence in a computer. The idea is if a human is unable to distinguish machine from another human being through engaging it in a dialog of questions and and replies, then the computer could be deemed to be "intelligent." Turing predicted by the year 2000, a computer would pass the test on five-minute keyboard conversations 30% of the time.