Swear at the computer for better service

When my colleague Alexis Lloyd told me about this patent that routes you to a human operator if you start swearing at the machine caller,

A call processing apparatus comprises a device for answering an incoming call, an interactive voice unit for eliciting information about the call from the customer, a device for analyzing the caller’s response according to predetermined criteria to identify callers having certain behavioral characteristics, and a device for routing callers identified as having these characteristics to predetermined attendant stations. The apparatus therefore permits caller’s having special needs to be automatically routed to suitably trained attendants.

USPTO

I cursed not knowing about it sooner. It’s nice to know how to save time when talking with a 🤖 … too bad you’ve got to call on your dark side for it, though. —JM


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