Let's string together a few ideas here.
1) Phone numbers are widely believed to be "owned" and connected to you. We go out of our way to transfer them from carrier to carrier, etc. 2) What if they were not connected to you? 3) Then, you could do all kinds of neat things with them like, rent them for interacting with strangers. Until now I've only contemplated using them for selling things on Craig's. The service of choice, Burner.
Now, let's say you're on the dating scene. Sometimes you meet people that are just annoying. It's an unpredictable world out there. So, you need to connect by way of text to meet new people but why not give them your Burner number. If they are wacky, you can dump the number and they can't get back to you. Cool.
But wait, what if the current craze of "Bots" was mashed up with your Burner number(s)? That's what the folks at Burner just did with Ghostbot. You can now apply Ghostbot to handle your unwanted texts. The Artificial Intelligence, er... Bot, configures their reply and handles your unwanted contact. You can keep your number to meet the next stranger but you also have an ace in the hole if the next one goes sideways.
Oh, technology. Fantastic.