Here’s an interesting article from the Chicago Tribune about how automated vending machines and such are replacing human workers in retail environments. Vending machines aren’t just for sodas and chips anymore. Now, you can buy everything from gold coins to iPods from a machine instead of having to deal with a human.
I like the idea of automating some processes, but I can’t see myself buying an expensive piece of electronic equipment from a machine without first being thoroughly familiar with the manufacturer and the the product in question. So an iPod would be okay because I’m relatively certain of Apple’s quality, but if t was something I had no experience with? Forget it!