OK so this is gentrifying, appropriative horseshit in so many ways.
First: the name. That’s not your word to use (and no it isn’t mine either). And it’s a lie, because a fancy vending machine is no bodega.
Second: this requires net access to set up your account, then facial recognition and a credit card to pay for stuff. Hello barriers!
What about people who don’t have easy access to those things? Or just prefer paying cash?
And finally: this is such a blatant move to a walled-garden don’t-interact-with-anyone lifestyle they might as well just call it “Gentrifyr”
What’s being pitched here is a way for rich white people to move into neighborhoods and not engage with the people around them.
There’s no new tech. It isn’t even a new business model. Japan has vending machines everywhere if we really want that.
They accept cash, mostly. Or NFC payment networks which are *reloadable with cash*.
The fuck are VCs so hyped about this for?
(The answer is they’re hyped because it’s a way to further trap young white tech workers in their jobs by removing other social contact)