Jan and me have been playing with bots for a lot longer than that. I started our AI forum including chatbots back in 2005.
Chatbots have been around for years. Don’t believe all you read in the media - they just like to over do the whole thing and are often misinformed or make things up just to have a good story.
Apps and bots can be complimentary.
Really though, they are all just programs.