Recorded messages have been used over the phone for decades, but artificial intelligence is making them more effective than ever. Recently, Time Magazine outed a company running cold calls for health insurance plans as using robots coupled with speech recognition technology to replace human laborers. When “Samantha West” was asked simple questions like “what vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she couldn’t make any sensible reply, and repeat callers noticed phrases and inflections that were exactly the same from call to call. The number is now disconnected, so it's unclear whether the telemarketer was actually using artificial intelligence or a human-operated soundboard. In that case, it would be more cyborg than android!