And if companies are able to nail the bot’s language-processing capabilities, it could potentially create new convenience for the shopper.

But evangelists of the technology say that bots are poised to be at the center of a crucial paradigm shift in how we think about using the Internet.

While a Web browser might once have been our front door to the Internet and apps often play that role today, experts say that bots could soon become our primary digital gateway.

Andy Mc Craw, the chain’s manager of digital innovation, said of an early test iteration, “ In its current form, the Taco Bot allows users to place a carryout order for a Taco Bell meal from within Slack, a popular messaging app that is used in many workplaces.

It is currently only available to beta testers, but they plan to roll it out for wider use soon.

There were 76 million people in the United States using messaging apps such as Kik, Whats App and Facebook Messenger in 2014, according to research firm e Marketer.

That figure shot up to 113 million last year, and is it expected to surge to 177 million by 2019.

From there, users can go back and forth with the bot asking it to show different outfits centered around a certain type of item: If you input “lace dress,” the bot might show a complete look featuring such a dress along with a jean jacket, silver bracelet, and ballet flats.

Customers can tap the image of each item to purchase it.

“In messaging, computers have to behave like humans.” Chatbots, to be sure, are not new to the technology landscape.