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Posted By Cliff Tuttle | June 5, 2014

No. 1,059

Franklin at lunchWhat do you do when you have to eat lunch alone?

As I was eating alone today, reading Tweets on my iPad, I noticed that several solo diners were holding a sandwich in one hand and a smart phone in the other — except for two (sitting together) who were each holding a newspaper.

How lonesome.  Wouldn’t it be better to have an interesting lunch companion?

How about an App that would allow people dining alone to dial up a lunch partner on FaceTime, or its non-Apple equivalent?  You log in, he or she logs in, and the software matches you up.  It would know all about you both, of course.  And you could state your preferences — sports, celebrity gossip, dogs, Game of Thrones, whatever.   Or ask for somebody from your home town, or Paris.

Then again, why be restricted to real people?  With a little bit of programing, you ought to be able to have a lunch conversation with an avatar created for the purpose — Sportsbot, moviesbot, dogsbot — you get the idea.  And then, why not famous people from history?  BenjaminFranklinbot.  Rasputinbot.  Or even people still alive — PopeFrancisbot.

Or — here’s the ultimate —  yourself!  A conversation with yourself!  Fascinating conversation.




CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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