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Telemarketer Occupier

Intelligent Technology To Occupy A Telemarketer
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When a telemarketer calls...

* A built-in Caller ID device will recognize that the caller isn't someone you already know (i.e. a telemarketer).

* Upon recognition that a telemarketer is calling, a computerized system will answer the phone. Using advanced artifical intelligence technology and an idea from Douglas Adams' novels, the system will respond with "What?" and "I don't understand that." to each of the telemarketer's sentences.

autgg, Apr 15 2004

Another example of "It was here first." https://www.wsj.com...emarketers-2dbb8457
[doctorremulac3, Jun 29 2023]

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       //Intelligent Technology To Occupy A Telemarketer//   

       The Halfbakery.
skinflaps, Apr 16 2004
  

       In general, I will give a bun to any anti-telemarketer device: + . We employ a similar system in our household. Hand the phone to four-year-old child until who yammers on until telemarketer hangs up. Won't work any longer, though. Child is now eight years old, and won't take telemarketer calls.
booleanfool, Apr 17 2004
  

       I manually occupy telemarketers now. I hope every apprieciates my sacrifices for your benefit :).
0xdeadc0de, Jul 19 2004
  

       Don't know how I missed this one. [+]   

       Now been done almost exactly as described here. (link)
doctorremulac3, Jun 29 2023
  

       Wouldn't be too hard on an iPhone. Siri is already halfway there. She already goes sideways. I've been wondering how to weaponize Siri and this is the perfect application. "Could you repeat that?" "Let me get a pencil." "You sound nice." "I've been waiting for your call." "Let me give you the number of a friend."
minoradjustments, Jul 05 2023
  
      
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