To snack or not to snack
Written by on Thursday 6 August 2015
Technology and big data have entered the food scene.
Everyone knows the adage that the customer is always right. Now, however, there is a vending machine that decides what it will and won’t sell to you, the consumer.
The Italian company Rhea Vendors is launching the Luce X2 Touch TV. This machine only allows you to buy snacks and beverages if you pass a number of scans. Facial recognition software determines your age, build and mood, and only then does the technology decide which purchases you are allowed to make.
The Luce X2 could take things a step further: it can be linked to medical records and databases and remember your purchase history.
Pros and cons
Biggest pro: The machine objectively determines what is best for you.
Biggest con: It’s discriminating, why should a machine be allowed to tell you what you can and can’t eat?