Robot Telephone Operator Handles Social Media For You

Social media has become pervasive in modern life. It can be impossible to get so much as an invite to a party without offering up your personal data at the altar of the various tech companies. [David] wanted to avoid the pressures of seeing countless photos of people climbing mountains and eating tacos, but also didn’t want to ostracize himself by avoiding social media altogether. Naturally, automation was the answer.

[David] aptly named his robot Telephone Operator, and that’s precisely what it does. Stepper motors and a servo allow the robot’s capacitive appendage to interact with the touch screen on [David]’s iPhone. A camera is fitted, and combined with OpenCV, the robot is capable of a great many important tasks.

Liking Instagram posts? Done. Reposting inane tweets? Easy. Asking your pal Mike what’s up? Yep, Telephone Operator has it covered. Given the low quality of human interaction on such platforms, it’s entirely possible [David] has the Turing Test beat without even trying. The robot even has that lazy continuous Sunday morning scroll down pat. It’s spooky stuff.

Of course, if you’re too in love with social media to trust an automaton, you might instead prefer to wear your likes on your sleeve. Video after the break.

[Thanks to dechemist for the tip!]

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Robot Telephone Operator Handles Social Media For You

  1. ” It can be impossible to get so much as an invite to a party without offering up your personal data at the altar of the various tech companies.”

    SMS. Different altar though.

  2. The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder. Dishwashers washed tedious dishes for you, thus saving you the bother of washing them yourself, video recorders watched tedious television for you, thus saving you the bother of looking at it yourself; Electric Monks likes things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of liking all the things the world expected you to like.

  3. a guy automated social interaction because he does not want to do by himself but it is too much coward to say “hey, you don’t worth my time, fu*k off social media”. Nice technical hack, but very poor soul. I have pity of him.

    1. Oh Me,
      You are missing a crucial point here. Us makers don’t like this shite. If you can’t avoid this mess of social media then you need to take it on full frontal. Build a machine to make it go away. All heavy social media is evil. I use the phrase *heavy* because that is how they are with your personal details. Burn your Google echo pods and make your own devices. Onward and dual layer!

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