The Technium

The Future is Not Vending Machines

For at least 30 years the Japanese have sold almost everything you can imagine in vending machines. I seen batteries, books, and beer for sale in street-side vending machines. I always thought it would be a phenom that would spread to the rest of the world, but it never has. There’s still a weird and wild selection of vending machine themes in Japan (see Quirky Japan for some examples), but sadly this future has never taken hold elsewhere (that I am aware of). The moral of this story is that while the future is unevenly distributed, so are deadends.


Live lobsters! You have to catch one with the crane. 


Fresh eggs.