Still think chat bots are some passing fad? Now that Google is adding its name to the growing number of major digital players who are getting in line behind this technology, it is officially time to start rethinking your stance on what is quickly becoming the hottest tech trend of 2016.

Will chat bots be the next great mobile innovation? Is Google's dream of an integrated messenger app that connects users with these bots based on search queries right around the corner? To answer these questions (and many more), let's check in with Amir Efrati and Jessica E. Lessin of The Information as they break down the latest news on chat bots coming out of Silicon Valley.

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