What is Natural Language Processing ?

In a post last January, I had termed 2017 to be the year of the banking bots and chatbots , virtual assistants and robo advisors did seem to get their fair share of the spotlight. Throughout the year chatbots and their use cases occupied a fair share of attention and saw very senior business leadership take interest and action to enable NLP based intelligent systems become part of their ecosystem. And over and again , the basics of the technology or how-it-works was asked . Presenting a small primer to enable anyone to be able to understand the nuances.