Best Invention of the Year: A Robot That Punks Telemarketers For You

Roger Anderson created The Jolly Roger Telephone Company – and it’s a bot that will have a conversation with a telemarketer FOR you. It’s designed to waste their time by feeding them phrases and words to encourage continued conversation.

It also is programmed to detect a change of voice inflection by the telemarketer and request that the pitch be started again.

Here’s a video showing how it works:

From the description on the company’s Kickstarter page:

“Tired of telemarketers calling your landline or mobile? I’m sorry to say, they will never, ever stop. And no amount of screaming “take me off your list”, or “he doesn’t live here”, or “I will never buy your product” will make these calls go away.

But now there is a way to fight back. The Jolly Roger Telephone Co. provides a friendly, agreeable, patient robot that talks to these rude telemarketers for you. It is happy to chat, and will typically keep an unwary salesperson engaged for several minutes.

These merciless organizations have technology on their side with robotic auto-dialers, robotic soundboards, and an array of other tools …but they have no morals. Their weak spot is that they need human agents to talk to you when you answer. So the only way to stop this intrusive industry is waste their precious human resource – to hit them in the cost of labor. Now by subscribing to the Jolly Roger Telephone Co. you can get revenge!”

How incredibly awesome is this?

H/T The Washington Post


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