This Will Be the Only Vending Machine Left After the Robot Apocalypse

Vending machine at MIT’s Media Lab that only accepts Bitcoin and only dispenses Soylent (Ethan Zuckerman via Twitter)
Vending machine at MIT’s Media Lab that only accepts Bitcoin and only dispenses Soylent (Ethan Zuckerman via Twitter)

MIT’s Media Lab is where brilliant people work on some of the most creative tech projects in the world. And if they get hungry there’s a vending machine just down the hall. But you won’t find Cheetos or cookies. This vending machine exclusively stocks Soylent. And it takes Bitcoin. And it has a QR code. I’m suddenly terrified for our future.

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Ethan Zuckerman tweeted out this photo of the vending machine last night. And I’m not sure if it’s an optimistic vision of efficiency to come or a dystopian warning that we better get our shit in order pretty quickly.

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Either way, I think our future robot overlords would approve.

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

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I’m surprised vending machines aren’t more common. I wish there was a vending machine nearby that dispensed small bottles of ibuprofen, rolls of toilet paper, packets of toothpaste and shampoo, etc.