How do I know the "sales person" I was interacting with was not real, but a compilation of one human's voice recordings cued to respond based on how I was answering their questions? I think my career in film / video production and editing probably helped me figure it out.
Once I realized I was dealing with a Robo Responder, I carefully chose my responses.
(Quick update March 12, 2013, 11:13 am, the term robo responder is infrequently used, I found less than 70 google hits, primarily in regards to automatically sending emails to politicians. end update).
I actually laughed at one point during the short conversation and the Robo Responder spontaneously laughed at the beginning of their response.
Then came the "sell". Just like the first Robo Responder, they asked if I could make a "purchase/donation" in the amount of 25 dollars, as soon as I declined, the amount was lowered to 15 dollars.
They then asked if they could send an envelope in the mail and would I make a donation at that time.
I don't know if I am the first to report on robo responding, but if I am and you are the media, PLEASE credit me, Alessandro Machi of AlexLOGIC.blogspot.com.
Robo Responding is going to become a consumer nightmare as it gains traction.
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