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2016 is being declared the year of bots. And it feels like there is a broad shift in the developer ecosystem away from traditional point-and-click apps, towards chat-based user interfaces.

It’s happening because there is broad consumer and developer fatigue with apps.  Consumers don’t want to install or use new traditional apps. And partially as a result, developers are faced with rising distribution costs.

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The many-billion-dollar question, however, is whether the transition to bots and conversational interfaces will represent a major point of disruption or more of an evolution in the interface paradigm.