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You've likely encountered numerous occasions on which you've had to convince
your bank or other service provider to let you talk to a human. Pressing "0" twice,
or insisting on saying "Representative" with escalating volume and irritation
appears to do the trick.
At the same time, you're getting
an increasing number of spam sales calls from
robots, often using phone numbers that look subtly like your own -- an effort to get
past some visual barrier that will make you pick up.
My Android phone does flag certain phone #s as spam, but as often it is I who wind
up flagging the number as such, after having taken the call.
In this new proposed system, to be turned on at the phone owner's prerogative,
the phone's AI (i.e. Siri, Google, Alexa, etc) actually picks up the call silently, and
performs the reverse Turing test on the caller -- at the very least, determining if
the caller is human.
It then has an option of taking a voicemail or waking the phone up to actually
allow the call to you to proceed.
A modern version of screening the call using an answering machine.
[theircompetitor, May 09 2018]
||"To abort the Planetary Demolition Device countdown, press 7 now, or any other digit to continue. There are ... three ... minutes and ... thirty .... seconds remaining. Bip, bip, Beeeeep. To abort the Planetary Demolition Device countdown, press 7 now, or any other digit to continue. There are ... three ... minutes and ... twenty .... seconds remaining. Bip, bip, Beeeeep."
||You'd be amazed how many callers think it's some sort of prank.
||if you have a minute, check out the demo of Google Duplex