Google vs. Robocaller

Finally, something I can cheer Google for:

The [Google] Pixel 3 [phone] will be able to not only screen spam calls, but give you real-time transcriptions so that you can see what the spammer is saying as they say it (and promptly hang up).

The way it works: You tap the “screen call” button. Google Assistant lets the caller know you’re screening and then asks them for their name and the reason they’re calling, which gets fed back to you.

Downside: Verizon only, at first; price tag approaching four digits. Still, you have to hope this sort of thing catches on:

Hopefully all of this starts producing results sooner rather than later. An anecdote along these lines, courtesy of The Washington Post — this even affects Nobel Prize winners. Paul Romer, of New York University, recently learned he’s one of the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in economics. That was after ignoring two phone calls, though, from people trying to reach him to tell him he’d won. He thought they were spam calls and didn’t answer them.

You really can’t blame him.

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    31 October 2018 · 2:29 pm

    So even Nobel laureates have friends who can’t be bothered to leave voicemails when the person they’re calling can’t/won’t take their call?

    Jeez. At least try sending a text, d00dz.

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