You Know It’s Coming: Talking and Singing Food

If they can put talking or singing chips in birthday cards, you know it’s gotta happen with food. Probably a no-brainer figuring out how to add this feature to parts we don’t eat, like lollipop or popsicle sticks or cups or lids or bags or wrappers. But why? Contests (“You’re a winner!”). Advertising. Product identity. Just a sense of fun. A Jerry Seinfeld joke in every box of Cracker Jacks. Or greetings from a favorite ballplayer. Ultimately, as computer chips get smaller and cheaper, maybe they’ll become harmless fiber. Put a computer chip on a potato chip. Or on a gummy worm that pleads: “Don’t eat me! Ahhhhh!” (Now there’s a switch: Instead of a computer with a bug, a bug with a computer.) Let’s pray the talking is silenced by stomach acid. Sure don’t need any more noises coming from the other end. Final nano-nightmare (premise for a novel?): These talking chips can wirelessly communicate to deliver pre-programmed messages, like “Uh, uh, uh. That’s 100 M&Ms in just 5 minutes! I’m telling the cardiologist!” or “Snarf, snarf, oink! Gonna save some for your wife?!”

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