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March 2, 2012

This is a Sprinkles cupcake vending machine.

Is there anything more American?  My first reaction, to be honest, was complete and utter disgust.  What kind of person needs a cupcake in the middle of the night?  But then I remembered a story I read about six months ago, about a French baker who created a fresh baguette vending machine.

Although that was a more impressive innovation–the machine itself actually cooks the bread!–it provides the same insight into human nature.  We want what we want when we want it–French or American.  And technology is making it easier for us to gratify those compulsions.  Maybe that’s not a good thing in terms of character development, but isn’t technology amazing?

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