(NEW YORK) — Remember the names Aaron Foss and Serdar Danis. They’re destined to become the latest heroes of the modern technological age.
Foss and Danis entered a contest sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission that asked people to come up with their best solution to blocking one of life’s greatest annoyances: recorded robo-sales calls.
Even if you’re on the federal government’s “do not call” list, these unsolicited messages still somehow manage to interrupt dinners across the land.
However, the FTC says that computer engineers Foss and Danis came up with software that analyzes a call before you pick up the phone and filters out those that are recorded.
Each winner takes home $25,000 and while the FTC is prohibited from actually endorsing the creators, the government is confident someone in private industry will obtain the technology to make Foss and Danis very rich men and the rest of us, very much relieved of robo-sales calls.
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