I robot? I don’t think so.

April 3, 2010

I was awakened this morning by a robocall starting “Your donations are urgently needed.” I have no idea for what because I immediately hung up. This is just the latest in a rash of robocalls for charity. Later this year it will be robocalls for voting.

We would think twice about treating a live person so rudely. But a machine? CLICK.

While I realize that charities can’t afford the human labor to make personal calls, you have to question exactly how effective they are. Exactly how many donations do they get as opposed to people that immediately hang up? I’m thinking….not many.

I love Asimov. It’s a good thing his stories took place centuries in the future. Because I don’t see us embracing robots any time soon.