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Thomas Smyth, a 26-year-old San Francisco entrepreneur, has an answer: Download his automated self-learning chat robot to do it for you.
"We are trying to do one thing: Get your [Comcast] bill lower," Smyth said.
"As the bot has more and more conversation, it figures out what works and what doesn't and improves based on that feedback.
My understanding is that the script is pretty tight on their side." Smyth's five-member company, Trim, in San Francisco's Mission District, is part of a new wave of start-up companies that utilize artificial intelligence to help millennials manage their personal lives and finances.
It's also part of a broader advancement in companies focused on developing human-like computer tools such as natural-language recognition or driver-less cars.
The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.
There is Wild Wendy, who is outgoing and adventurous, Frigid Farrah, who is reserved and shy, a young unnamed doll with a naïve personality, “matriarchal kind of caring” Mature Martha and S & M Susan, who is geared for more adventurous types. Its robotic movement is built into "the three inputs" while a mechanical heart powers a liquid cooling system.
Coming with a laptop the doll, priced between US,000 (£4,350) to US,000 (£5,993), was unveiled at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas at the weekend. Mr Hines said it was not only a recreational innovation but also something that shy people with sexual dysfunction, and those who want to experiment without risk, could use.
About two dozen users have submitted reviews to a Google website since the Comcast chat robot was launched in early November.
Said one reviewer: "As a graduate student, I have neither the time nor the social skills to negotiate down the Comcast payments I can't afford.