On hold, Rick listens to "As Time Goes By" over and over again.
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"Got some bad news for you, Larry."
"Stand aside, Gruenwald! It's the computer I'm blowing away!"
"Please listen carefully, as my menu options have changed."
"Has that one guy we've been sending all the spam to responded yet?"
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Tags:drinking, drinks, drunk, drunkard, drunks, drinking buddy, machine, machines, automatic, automated, automatized, robot, robots, technologies, robotic, robotics, vending, friend, friends, company, alcohol, alcoholic, bar, bars, pub, public house, public houses, invention, inventions, automation, chat, chatting, machine learning, ai, artificial intelligence
"Caption: we work in an office; however, we have dressed for the circus. What a humorous mixup."
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"I just dialed 1-800-BAGUETTE."
"Bad news- some kid just created an app that creates apps."
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"Personally, I'm fine with the concept of self-driving cars."
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Tags:coffee, coffees, barista, baristas, automate, automated, automation, robot worker, robot workers, robot replacement, robot replacements, coffee order, coffee orders, preference, preferences, personal preference, personal preferences, modern life, modern lives, choice, choices, option, options, too many choice, too many options, overstimulate, overstimulated, overstimulation, over-stimulation, vending machine, vending machines, espresso, espressos
How's my self-driving?
Tags:car, cars, auto, autos, automobile, automobiles, hows my driving, how's my driving, self-driving car, self-driving cars, robots, automation, automatic, self-driving, technology, technologies, traffic light, traffic lights, stop light, stop lights, signs, signage, feedback, ai. a.i., artificial intelligence, artificial intelligences
My First Visit to the Laundromat
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"Everybody has a headache since we switched to solar."
Tags:solar, solar power, solar-powered, worker, workers, office worker, office workers, automated, automation, office drone, office drones, office desk, office desks, headache, headaches, ache, aches, aching, power, alternative energy, solar panel, solar panels, green energy, renewable energy, renewable resource, renewable resources, worker, workers, workforce, workforces, brain, brains, sun
"If you require immediate assistance, press the pound sign."
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"You have reached our 800 number. . . . If you are a preferred account, please dial B-I-G-S-H-O-T now. . . . If you are an ordinary account, dial J-O-E-B-L-O-W now. . . . If you have a service complaint, dial G-E-T-L-O-S-T now."
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"Autonomous lawnmowers were a bad idea. I see that now."
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A series of wind-up tin cups walk past a man on the sidewalk.
Tags:cup, cups, tin cup, tin cups, beg, begs, begging, beggar, beggars, panhandle, panhandles, panhandling, panhandler, panhandlers, hobo, hobos, homeless, homelessness, homeless person, homeless people, mechanization, mechanisation, automation, automated, robot, robots, worker, workers, job loss, job losses, tramp, tramps, take work, takes work, replace, replaces, replacement, replacements
"A robot was doing my job, but it quit."
Tags:automation, automaton, automatons, dead-end job, dead-end jobs, robot worker, robot workers, filing, tedious, tediousness, office work, secretary, secretaries, office assistant, office assistants, filing clerk, filing clerks, minimum wage, low wage, low wages, unskilled work, unskilled worker, unskilled labor
"If only we had a system of currency other than throwing feces."
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"I'm looking for a career that won't be obsolete before my student loan is paid off."
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"To return to the original menu say say 'Goddam son of a bitch!'"
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"Who do you want to replace when you grow up?"
"And I wasn't even replaced by the latest model of robot."
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"In the future everyone will have a job for 15 minutes."