Clever bots (or concoctions) converse (or whatever)

Is this a pair of computer programs reacting to, and seemingly conversing with, each other? Or is it merely something concocted to appear to be that? And does it matter which is the case?

[HT Jan Chiles]

BONUS: More of same:

BONUS: Alexis Madrigal’s “The Only Thing Weirder Than a Telemarketing Robot