houstondragon: This is not really new news; customer service menus have been using this for awhile where pre-recorded prompts are used based on the speech interpretation of your voice.That said, I tend to assume any unknown caller is either a robo-caller or telemarketer anyway, and send it to voicemail. Family and friends know to leave a message, or text me if it's urgent.
Phil McKraken: Is your refrigerator running?
wildsnowllama: So we just have to introduce an unsolvable, audio formula over the phone. That will spread through the collective and destroy all of them, freeing up time to eat dinner in piece.
Unobtanium: Those voice response systems are especially annoying when you are calling to tell them their customer is deceased (my mother died earlier this year). I have felt at times quite like John Cleese in the pet shop. Or DeForest Kelley in "Wolf in the Fold."
TV's Vinnie: [art.penny-arcade.com image 800x407]
nytmare: So far, no one in this thread has read the whole article :("Well, while Americans accept customer service and technical help from people with non-American accents, they do not take well to telemarketing calls from non-Americans. The response rates for outbound marketing via call center are apparently abysmal."Maybe because Indian cold call centers of late have been a reliable indicator of especially scammy telemarketing? (not that any cold calls are really legit). Anyway it's good news to hear that we aren't putting up with that crap.
Fabric_Man: "Hello?"[pause]"I'm sorry, you have the wrong number. There's no Sarah Conner here."
Vlad_the_Inaner: Got a sip phone?Here's a cyborg customer to forward your telemarketer calls to.http://www.itslenny.com/
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