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Robot telemarketer doesn’t realize she’s a robot

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What’s worse than getting a robocall? Getting a robocall that insists it’s not a robocall.

Courtesy of Zeke Miller and Denver Nicks at something called Time Magazine, please say hello to “Samantha West”:

The phone call came from a charming woman with a bright, engaging voice to the cell phone of a TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer. She wanted to offer a deal on health insurance, but something was fishy.

When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.

Take a listen and decide for yourself:

Skynet listened to this and was all like: “Amateurs!”

It seems very likely that “Samantha West” is indeed a robot. But then again… Given her creepy affect, bizarre incomprehension of social cues, and complete inability to deviate from her programming, she might just be a typical Democrat.

(Hat tip: The Blaze)