If you've ever done telemarketing work, chances are that sometime during a particularly mechanical delivery of a pitch, someone asked if you were a recording. You answer "no" (or, if you were feeling particularly clever, "yes") and the customer gets a laugh.
But what was a particularly human interaction has apparently turned into another example of machine aping man. Some journalists at Time Magazine had a run-in with a
robot telemarketer that insisted it was real
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