The history of bots dates back to the 1950’s when pioneering British Computer Scientist Alan Turing (who would now be 106 years of age!) began wondering whether machines could develop the ability to think like humans.
In 1950, he created a test which is now aptly named The Turing Test. This originally started out with two participants, one human and one computer. A person often referred to as a judge or interrogator would ask a series of questions to determine which participant was human and which was the computer. The Turing Test has now evolved to test a single participant, either a human or a machine.