New Robot Talks Back to Robocallers
Public Policy Fellow
Ever wish you could bother robocallers just as they irritate you?
You may be in luck. Inventor Roger Anderson has just created the Jolly Roger Telephone Company, a tool that can talk back to telemarketers indefinitely, wasting their time and taking up their precious minutes.
How it works: when you receive a robocall, instead of just hanging up, you dial a separate phone number and patch the robot in. The robot uses artificial intelligence (the same technique that many of the most irritating robocallers use) to speak whenever there are pauses in the conversation. Click here for more information.
Of course, this method could backfire. The FTC warns that engaging with telemarketers in any way just lets them know that they have a live customer at the other end. They point out that you may get even more robocalls.
Another option is stopping the robocalls before they reach you with a call-blocking service or box. For example, Consumer Reports volunteer testers rated the free Nomorobo highly. Check out our robocall-blocker review. And click here to tell the phone companies to make sure everyone has access to free tools to block robocalls!
Tell us your thoughts. Is Jolly Roger something you’d be interested in trying?