Monthly archives: November, 2016

Polite telemarketer tries to sell a refrigerator warranty to a robot

First, Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I toasted you all at the Thanksgiving table last night. I am truly thankful for all of you.

In this latest call, we have a telemarketer trying to sell an extended warranty to someone. The magic here is that the call went to a Jolly Roger robot automatically via the Landlubbber service (where calls ring to you and me at the same time and I answer if it’s a known telemarketer). My subscriber’s phone rang for only a second or two, and about eight minutes later, they got this recording. It’s a very empowering moment when this happens – you are free of telemarketing, and you can decide whether to call back and purchase this warranty.

This is a new robot named Barbarossa! He’s been in the rotation for a while, but this is the first time I’m posting a call from him. He has a great repertoire that engages the telemarketer in funny ways. At the time I post this, I have NINE robots for you at the ‘random bot’ number of 206-259-4999. Of course, you can select specific bots by dialing their number directly.

So if you are using the Landlubber service, your phone is automatically protected from these telemarketers. So when they say “we’ll just call you back tomorrow”, your attitude can be “heck yes, call back tomorrow”.

By the way, if you yell at them and say “take me off your list”, you know they’ll just call back anyway. Maybe not tomorrow, but it won’t be long. Send them to Jolly Roger and I’ll be happy to chat with them every time!

And thanks for listening!

Podcast Episode 11 – Interview with Whitey Whitebeard

I have posted episode 11 of the Jolly Roger Telephone Company Podcast. In this episode, I speak with the voice talent behind Whitey Whitebeard! We talk about his bot and learn a little bit about the person behind the voice. Is he senile? Confused? Has he heard the calls where he is abused and cursed? What does he think?


EXPLICIT – abusive “tech support” scammers call a robot via Australia

In the USA, we get a ton of “windows support” scammers calling all the time. Well, I’m sorry to say that this scam a global problem. Here is a call from the technical support department at Telstra, Australia’s largest telephone company and internet provider. They called someone in Australia, and that person added my bot via a local Australian telephone number.

So this call is interesting because it demonstrates how we are all really in this together. Telemarketing and scamming is a global problem and I really think Jolly Roger Telephone bots are the only solution. Blocking doesn’t work (they just change their number and/or get more aggressive with everyone else). We need AIs to simulate humans and keep them busy. The alternative is for the telecommunications network to die off. And that breaks my heart.

This call is entertaining because the first technician adds another technician, and then another, and before you know it, you have a bunch of guys just hurling profanity at this bot. And they get REALLY abusive. Six months ago, I would have never posted this to YouTube. But it’s almost tame compared to the stuff I’ve been getting lately. For the really bad stuff, check out my podcast. But try as they might, they cannot get the robot mad. But they keep trying. It reminds me of a really abusive call to Whitey Whitebeard a while ago. This bot, named Whiskey Jack, is designed to keep telemarketers engaged, and it’s smart enough to just kick back and let the scammers talk when they won’t shut up. These telemarketers kept talking so the bot just kept grunting along. Whiskey Jack is a pretty abrasive bot and usually doesn’t take this much abuse. I guess he knows the right tone because he did a great job keeping a bunch of guys busy. Someone help me count them. Four? Five? And does anyone care to translate some of their internal chatter?

Anyway, please enjoy this call and I hope to get back to a regular posting schedule. I have so many calls for you!

Thanks for listening!

Roger’s TEDx talk will be live-streamed Friday November 4th at 1:48pm Central Time!

I just learned that the TEDxNaperville event will be live-streamed! It should be at this link

I am scheduled to be on stage at 1:48pm Central Time this Frday November 4th.

The speeches are edited and posted, but it might take about a month before it’s available.

As a reminder, here’s the original announcement

Roger Anderson

Podcast Episode 10 has been posted

Hello all!

I have posted episode 10 of the podcast. This episode is CRAZY and if you’re new to my podcast, please do not start with this one. If you’re a regular listener, then please enjoy this. I would love to hear what you think about this one.