Could You Tell If You Were Talking To A Robot?

PhilHaney by PhilHaney on Dec. 17, 2013



“I need your cloths, your boots… and your credit card number. ...Sign up now for a chance to win a year supply of acne cream!”  The folks over at Time magazine have uncovered an interesting development: a reporter there, Michael Scherer got a phone call from a telemarketer named Samantha West selling health insurance who he was pretty sure was a robot. When he asked her about her robotic nature, she said “I’m a real person” with a laugh.  That’s amazing! Telemarketers still exist? The reporter called back the human imposter to record his conversations and found her answers less than convincing. Turing Test fail!  

You were worried about drones, but now Obama Droids are trying to sell you health insurance! OK, I don’t think it has to do with Obamacare but the fact that the robots are selling health insurance is going to have the conspiracy theorists going nuts. Got any good theories? Let’s check the comments section over at InfoWars.




Robot telemarketers equals New World Order / hell on earth: sounds fun! However if they want to make the artificial telemarketer sound more realistic she needs to sound more like the many despondent telemarketers or 1-800 number operators we’ve all spoken to who sound like they wish they were holding a gun to their head instead of a phone. She’s way too happy to be selling health insurance! Or at least give the robot telemarketers an Indian accent with an American name they can’t pronounce! But can you imagine being “Samantha West?” What if NASA and Google have teamed up to create the world’s first artificial, self-aware mind and they are using it to sell health insurance! Samantha thinks that she’s a 30 year old woman with a job and a studio apartment in the city, dating a guy named Chad, but then one day she asks herself “Why does everyone keep asking me if I’m a robot?” The horror! It would be like that scene in Terminator Salvation where John Connor played by Christian Bale asks Marcus “So you think you’re human?”

Seriously, how did they screw up that movie!!? Christian Bale as John Connor!? OMG! Where is this all leading? So in the future instead of really intelligent killer robots who destroy humanity,  are we going to have semi- functional killer robots? They are going to laugh at us like lunatics while they mow us down with machine guns until they get confused by the question “What vegetable is in tomato soup?” Trick question: tomatoes are fruits! Humanity is saved. Maybe instead we will just have dumb bimbo sex robots who tell us they are real but can’t answer the question “How would you touch me” and we are all going to end up like Joaquin Phoenix in that movie, Her where he tries to bang his artificially intelligent iPhone:

Have you gotten a call from a robot telemarketer? If you do, what will you ask it?

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robsut User

it is just a foreign person sitting in another country pressing pre-recorded tracks to play to the consumer. there isn't anything creepy about it.

LiftO User

"oops  sound cloud could not find your sound" WTF is this Break? I am a major player in one of the countries leading fortune 500 companies and i'm getting this shit? "oops sound cloud could not find your sound." You'll never be on top with this kind of reputation. never.

darkhelmet33527 User

Probably pre-recorded answers that are accessed based on questions. Chances are they recorded her talking to many customers over a few weeks and had a pretty good database of responses.

-Rotcod- User

I am sure it IS a human.  Likely a foreign one with an accent (AND A SOUNDBOARD).  She didn't have an unlimited choice of responses.  Very smart business if you ask me - no matter how creepy or wrong it may be.

Dee Achord
Dee Achord

Wow! I just learned something here. Thx

Jason Vaughn
Jason Vaughn

Hey break, why don't you stop sharing videos that aren't available through your mobile app?

Mickels User

Where can I get one of those

Ariste Milan-Omari Smith
Ariste Milan-Omari Smith

I get these phone calls from people who want to get me into school but I'm already in school and they just keep talking and asking questions when I said I'm already in classes. I'm just like. . Siiiigh good bye

Neale Cochrane
Neale Cochrane

Yuuup! I apologized for asking if it was a robot.... Ohh being Canadian!

hoofheartedkl User

PLEASE someone PLEASE Make a recording of 2 of those robots talking to each other. Will they just go in circles for ever?

MetallicaMan81 User

That is creepy! You should make it call itself.

chinacat44 User

@LiftO . ' I am a major player in one of the countries leading fortune 500 companies and i'm getting this shit?' You are such a tool.

Taflek User

@LiftO Why not tell us which one? You could have at least googled it before you made your lame post, and maybe even picked out a picture of some successful looking guy on their website..  But instead you chose to be drunk and make a dumb ass comment. Also, if I you did that, I would call the company you worked for and leave a message telling them to look at how stupid that major player made himself sound.

PhilHaney moderator User

@LiftOLooks like your Fortune 500 company needs to buy you a new computer.

RiotSt4rt3r User

@hoofheartedkl  An infinite loop? Yes, till one of them has a faulty piece of hardware in several years and dies. Or unless they were programmed to only operate in X number of intervals.