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The first machine to pass the Turing Test is going to be … wait for it … a telemarketing robot

No, this clever program isn’t 100% there yet, but listen to the audio and think about it for a second.

Imagine what it’s going to be like in a decade.

It tells us something about the state of technology that we’re this far down the road to machines that can pass as real humans. But it tells us a lot more about society that the first machine to pass the Turing Test is probably going to want to sell you insurance.

Thx to Mike Pecaut for passing this utterly mortifying tidbit along…

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  1. I had it pegged at 14 seconds. A common scripting error we get with unsolicited calls here at work is “Hi there, I spoke with you a few months ago and you asked me to call you back…”
    And at that first falsehood I hang up on them.

    People must have horrible memories or some sort of cognitive disconnect for a bald face lie like that to succeed more than once in a million. I doubt machines will be any better at it, just cheaper so they can bury us in spurious bogus bullshit calls betting on that 1 in a million sucker.