[ExI] Communications a Moore's Law Phenomenon?

Kelly Anderson postmowoods at gmail.com
Mon Apr 1 21:34:59 UTC 2024

I can see a company creating an AI driven phone for screening calls
acting like a secretary for an old time big wig as a product with some
wings in today's environment. Too bad that I'm too busy to build such
a company. Seems like an easy device to put together.


On Mon, Apr 1, 2024 at 2:51 PM MB via extropy-chat
<extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> Without a landline I have no phone service here. So I have an old
> answering machine which screens *all* my calls.  Most are silent hangups,
> no message.  My people know to yell into the machine, "Hey MB, are you
> there? It's me!" My version of "White List". :)
> Of course this year will be horrid, it's an election year.  The calls
> before the Primary were back to back.  I ignored them.
> The one good thing about an old wired-in landline is that it does not seem
> to transmit a virus. :)  Also it works when the power goes out, which it
> does here (not as much as it used to).
> Regards,
> MB
> On Mon, April 1, 2024 16:37, efc--- via extropy-chat wrote:
> >
> >
> > On Mon, 1 Apr 2024, Adrian Tymes via extropy-chat wrote:
> >
> >> On Mon, Apr 1, 2024, 1:34 AM efc--- via extropy-chat
> >> <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> >>       I
> >>       have heard that in the US there's enormous amounts of robo calls
> >> and sms
> >>       spam which almost makes the phone unusable for some people.
> >>
> >>
> >> One anecdote for that: later this month, we plan to finally permanently
> >> disconnect our landline, and discatd the associated phone
> >> number, that has served our family since - I think - a little prior to
> >> 1990.  One of the reasons is that it has become bombarded by
> >> spam, in particular calls where there is no one (or at least, no one
> >> speaking up) on the other end.  Only a minority of calls are
> >> even arguably legitimate: an actual person who's not a telemarketer, or
> >> a robocall from an allowed source (such as an appointment
> >> reminder).
> >>
> >> ...and in the middle of composing this, I got another spam call: someone
> >> who asked for another member of my household, and who hung
> >> up when I asked them to identify themselves.
> >
> > Wow... such a huge difference between the US and Sweden. I imagine that
> > people would move to using white lists only with that being so
> > common.
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