(SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)


Recently I was contacted by an auto-responder that used a very pleasant young female voice to ask, quite politely, about my warranty. It isn't a new irritant, so I gave a few unexpected responses to trip up the bot on the other end. The talking AI didn't stay on the phone long. (Bye, sweetie.)

It got me wondering what sort of companies offer voiceovers this sort of work, and if the voiceovers who accept are aware of the implications when they see this sort of offer. Of course, the dialogue is innocuous enough, but warnings about phone scams aren't for the elderly alone. In this specific case, I refer to warnings about calls that try to get a "yes" response in order to record a person's voice and use it on whatever other telephone menu accepts voice input.

I know I'm not the first person to consider making this a game. It won't take but three rules. Rule #1, use rambling dialogue; Rule #2, avoid the word "yes;" Rule #3, avoid words that sound like "yes."

I'm going to enjoy where this curious little thought leads...

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