Deadpan continued: “I have an app that might provide a compromise solution.” I averted my eyes; I didn’t want to make him self-conscious. This was Deadpan’s online therapy in action. According to Plucky, the solution to his loneliness was to acquire social skills, and he was just now, at this moment, taking his first step by joining our conversation. What pleased Plucky even more, I knew, was that his contribution dealt directly with an issue that had arisen between her and their daughter. When the robot claimed to be stereo, Deadpan said it was talking out of both sides of its mouth.