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Above: mind-blowing sketches from the distant future

I have to be honest — I never thought we’d see the day when you could use a credit card and have an automated machine deliver nonperishable food items. But our Silicon Valley overlords have delivered!

Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan are two ex-Googlers who, according to a profile from Fast Company, are trying to break into the bodega industry. Their start-up, named Bodega, has installed over 50 “five-foot-wide pantry boxes filled with non-perishable items you might pick up at a convenience store,” which operate using an app that charges your credit card if you remove something from the box. (A Bodega employee refills the boxes as items are purchased.) If this sounds like a vending machine, well … it is. Only, it also has AI: “The idea is to preempt what people might need, then use machine learning to constantly reassess the 100 most-needed items in that community.”

See, I have an invention that’s been around forever, only 1)apps! and 2)a name caluculated to offend as many people in the target market as possible! This is surely the most exciting and DISRPUTIVE innovation since Juicero! [R.I.P.]

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