Is an AI calling you == Robocall?

Should realistic computer generated calls be regulated?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/08/a-google-program-can-pass-as-a-human-on-the-phone-should-it-be-required-to-tell-people-its-a-machine/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c92ecc54723c

New AI based callers from google and others, are so good they can fool humans.

If they are then able to do this (from the article):

a scene from the TV show “The Office,” in which a scheming assistant to the regional manager, Dwight Schrute, makes 50 restaurant reservations then sells them off to desperate callers — what he calls his “perfect Valentine’s Day.” “People with AI-powered assistants who can easily make those 50 restaurant reservations would harm both businesses and consumers,” she said.

Humans are at a distinct disadvantage.

Tim Wu promotes “Blade Runner” laws that prohibit an AI or bot, to pretend they are human.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/opinion/sunday/please-prove-youre-not-a-robot.html  .

[new to me but not too surprised:] Robots buy tickets (Hamilton) faster than any human can click through a page and enter their credit card number.

OK I confess this topic is not so directly related to privacy, but too fun to ignore.

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