Speaking of Robocalls...
Readers of these pages may recall a piece I wrote last year about a fellow named Roger Anderson and his Jolly Roger Telephone Company service that fights robocalls with a sort of "artificial intelligence" that hilariously works to trick callers and keep them on the line. I wrote about it here and including audios of some of their funniest phone conversations.
Well, this past Sunday turned out to be Robocall Day. Not only was John Oliver's main story on Last Week Tonight about robocalls, but earlier in the night on ABC's Shark Tank, the first entrepreneur who came to the sharks was...Roger Anderson with his partner pitching the Jolly Roger Telephone Company!!
Much as I love the service, I wasn't terribly surprised that they didn't get an offer, despite each investor laughing at the audios played and supporting the idea. They didn't see it as really a company yet, but more a service. But I'm sure it brought Jolly Roger to a much bigger audience -- far bigger than those who read Elisberg Industries...
I can't embed the video , but you can watch it here. It's the first one on the show, so there's no need to watch everything or jump through trying to find it.
In the meantime, here's another Jolly Roger call. This is from a credit card scammer to a cranky bot named "Whitey Whitebeard." What is impressive about this particular call is that it uses Artificial Intelligence and recognizes that the subject matter is "credit cards" and shifts to that topic.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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