Meet The Robotic Telemarketer Who Swears She Is Human

We now know what ends the most advanced androids will serve: initiating marketing scans. TIME on incredibly creepy robo-calls from a person purporting to be Samantha West, a real live woman, to eerily convincing effect:

When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.

When the number was called a second time, a real live employee of Premier Health Plans Inc., who gave his name as Bruce Martin, answered the phone. He described the company as selling life insurance, health insurance and dental insurance.

8 Comments on "Meet The Robotic Telemarketer Who Swears She Is Human"

  1. emperorreagan | Dec 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm |

    Who answers calls from unknown numbers when all cell phones and most land lines include caller ID? How is telemarketing still a business?

    • Liam_McGonagle | Dec 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm |

      You’d be surprised how desparate some advertisers are to get their message out there.

      I’ve heard of one company that specializes in hijacking Ouija board sessions to plant Verizon ads.

      • Liam_McGonagle | Dec 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm |

        “Can you hear me NOW?”

        “Not above all the screaming and roaring of flames, no.

    • Anarchy Pony | Dec 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm |

      I don’t answer them, and yet they keep calling.

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Dec 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm |

    “. . . she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.”

    Dude, she’s just not that into you. Take a hint.

  3. Liam_McGonagle | Dec 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm |

    She’d have to swear something pretty fierce, bot souls being so much thinner than the average human soul.

  4. InfvoCuernos | Dec 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm |

    I’m pretty sure there’s a PKD quote in there somewhere.

  5. c’mon, she’s just trying to make a living.

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