It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.

 

Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.

 

Cupcake ATMs on the way

page: 1
7
<<   2 >>

log in

join
share:

posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 09:37 PM
link   
Machines are quickly taking over all customer service related jobs! Long will be the days where Humans interact with other Humans in the business (and social) world!
You can't even have a lemon-aid stand as a kid anymore!

Schools/institutions will soon be replaced with online classes and many office jobs will be performed from computers at home.
Health care, law enforcers, military, politicians, trade and skilled professionals will be the only industries remaining practically. This world is getting scarier by the minute.





NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Get ready for an ATM where your dough comes out freshly baked -- with icing on top.

Sprinkles, a gourmet cupcake chain with 10 locations nationally, is set to open its first 24-hour cupcake vending machine on March 9 at its original store in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Company spokeswoman Nicole Schwartz says that there will be ten of the machines in operation by this summer, and even more by the end of the year.

At first, the Cupcake ATMs will all be within Sprinkles stores, but accessible from outside so that customers can indulge even when stores are closed.

Eventually, Schwartz said the machines will be at remote locations apart from the stores.
Innovation in vending machines

Sprinkles opened in 2005 and remains privately held. It has locations in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Palo Alto and La Jolla, California, as well as New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston, and Scottsdale, Ariz. The New York, Washington and Chicago locations are next in line for the cupcake ATM. (Pricey cupcakes: Your chance to invest)
More on small business

The company had intended to call the machines 24-hour Sprinkles, but Schwartz said the name Cupcake ATM just kind of suggested itself.

There won't be an ATM fee per se, but cupcakes in the machine will cost $4, compared to $3.50 inside the store. The machines will only take credit or debit cards, no cash

money.cnn.com...




posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:10 PM
link   
The Dutch have
been doin it for years...



I wouldn't eat here.
but its fun to stand outside
& watch the Drunk people that do



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:13 PM
link   
reply to post by Human_Alien
 


I think you're taking the article out of context.

It's just a cupcake vending machine, not the end of the world.



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:21 PM
link   

Originally posted by The Sword
reply to post by Human_Alien
 


I think you're taking the article out of context.

It's just a cupcake vending machine, not the end of the world.



The end has to begin somewhere.

Have you tried calling your cellphone company? Or bank? Or Internet provider? Or doctors office? Or a government agency like IRS? Social security?
There are NO more people to talk to anymore.

Cashiers are fading away because everything is plastic now.

Having food service was the last thing to go. And it's starting. All your shopping will be done this way. You think grocery stores will last? Look at the cashier lines. There are 10 empty checkouts to 1 cashier now.
It's started.

You must be young!



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:24 PM
link   
This doesn't have to be scary, machines could make our lives a hell of a lot easier, I dont resist the technology for that reason. The problem is obvious when we talk about the centralization of the control of those machines.


I was recently listening to a lecture by Jiddu Krishnamurti. It was from the 1960's maybe earlier (it was in black and white). Basically he was saying if computers, and machines are able to compute, to learn what we teach it, to do it faster and more efficiently, what does that make man? Why do we behave like the computer becoming specialists in this or that field, going to universities to learn and compute the world.... I believe his comments were pointing to the fact that humans were meant for greater things than pushing buttons, and doing manual labor. We are meant for poetry, to observe beauty, to paint and sing... to dance! These are things a machine will never do in the same way.

The advancement of technology will eventually lead to a world that is far less in conflict, a world where our physical needs will be met with less effort than today.

Its going to take a few generations though, before we break the pyramid.



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:26 PM
link   
reply to post by spoonbender
 


Doesn't make it any less wrong.

I hate it. I hate this artificialness. It's cold and sterile.
Plus, do you realize the preservatives pumped into this food?

You're going to get ALL your produce, your meats, your fish, your dairy, your can goods, your toiletries etc this way. So you think because it's happened in your country must mean it's a good thing? Really?

It's ridiculous.



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:30 PM
link   
reply to post by Human_Alien
 


Don't get your panties in a bunch. Cupcakes are already a trend way past its peak. Remember Krispy Kreme?
I predict EPIC FAIL.



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:31 PM
link   
reply to post by el1jah
 


A bad idea is always sold as a good one at first. Either more convenient or economical etc. Tagging your children will be good for abduction purposes too!

When you owe a parking ticket and go to one of these vending machines to feed your family (because this WILL be the only way to purchase food) and put your plastic card through....guess what? It'll know you have an outstanding ticket that you'll need to settle before you proceed with your purchase.

Some of you just aren't seeing the BIGGER picture. George Orwell did and that was back in the 1930's.

Big Brother.

Wake up!!!



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:35 PM
link   

Originally posted by Human_Alien
reply to post by spoonbender
 


Doesn't make it any less wrong.

I hate it. I hate this artificialness. It's cold and sterile.
Plus, do you realize the preservatives pumped into this food?

You're going to get ALL your produce, your meats, your fish, your dairy, your can goods, your toiletries etc this way. So you think because it's happened in your country must mean it's a good thing? Really?

It's ridiculous.


No dood
you got me all wrong..
I don't think its a good thing @ all.

I think it's redonkulous
therefore its funny



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:47 PM
link   
In the slow process of losing everything that was once free....will still have a modicum of choice. Small. But still there.
You see, we get to CHOOSE which 4-dollar head of lettuce we wish to go into debt over. And we get to see which 5-dollar gallon of milk has the oldest expiration date. And so on.
We're going to loose that little bit of dignity when we get forced into our vending food purchase. We're going to receive our food and be good with it, Much like an animal with no say-so.

I still want to select my own cupcake for some reason. Call me stubborn.



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:48 PM
link   
reply to post by Human_Alien
 


My age has nothing to do with this conversation.

You are still overreacting. Vending machines will never replace human labor outright.



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 10:55 PM
link   
reply to post by spoonbender
 


I thought you were promoting it. I didn't see your comment under the photo. My apologies.


It's a horrible idea. And this is not directed to you but......

This is not about vending food junk. This is how cup-cakes is a start to something bigger. It'll be a trend then, a way of life.
Why the hell do you think it's on CNN website?
It's to get you conditioned and programmed for what's coming in the very near future.



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 11:05 PM
link   
reply to post by Human_Alien
 


The bigger picture is seeing both sides of the coin.

I'm pointing out the potential for technology to be great for humanity. and you are point out how bad it could be. Both are inevitably true.

I think what I am trying to express is that technology should ultimately serve humanity's ability to create, not to enlarge their circle of ego-feeding activities, shopping, facebooking, twittering the sale on dinner plates at the mart..... No amount of technology will ever replace that ultimate end.



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 11:05 PM
link   
reply to post by The Sword
 




Human labor will almost COMPLETELY be taken over by robots and machines!! Ask any factory worker!

We live in disposal society so hardly anything is worth fixing anymore (like televisions or clothes or appliances) but yeah...some labor like mechanics, road/bridge workers, electronic repair and maybe maintenance/sanitation workers but that's about it. And I'm being generous with those too



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 11:09 PM
link   
reply to post by Human_Alien
 


In an attempt to bring back automats in New York City, a company called Bamn! opened a new East Village store in 2006.[5] The store did not last, however, and quietly closed in March 2009.[6]

It's an old, failed business model. Please don't panic.

en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 11:16 PM
link   
reply to post by el1jah
 


You have a much better attitude than I and I admire it. I just see everything spinning out of control. I wish time went backwards because I picture a more congenial and gentler time back in the 1800s. Sure, they didn't have cars or phones or electricity but they talked, walked and ate off their land and Monsanto was nowhere in sight!

I hate where this world is headed. That's all



posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 11:36 PM
link   
Oh well. Unless these cupcakes are something better than the average bakery goods I'm sure I'm not interested. Every time I eat a piece of grocery store bakery cake I regret it. The frosting is usually either stiffened whipped cream or sweetened vegetable shortening. And then the cake itself is usually of lower quality than the cheapest store brand box mix. And then they charge like $15 for one if not more. Same with the cupcakes and cookies.

With bakery cookies, instead of using butter (which is half the flavor in most cookies), they instead typically use nasty trans fat vegetable shortening to extend shelf life and save money.

I've learned that if I want good dessert, it either needs to be homemade or I need to find a nice restaurant or special bakery somewhere that still makes things the way it should be done.

Even a good many otherwise decent quality restaurants these days buy frozen low-quality desserts and try to pass them off as something good.



posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 12:02 AM
link   
reply to post by Human_Alien
 


I agree completely, my stomach turns to the idea that humans are actually planning, to make others sick, to keep certain countries down, to control the movement of resources etc. I just dont get it. They are not humans, they themselves have become the machine.

This is why I talk about us going beyond the machine, not necessarily back to the land, or reverting to farming ... I really dont want to work in a factory, I hate labouring for my bread, I love painting and making love, why not let machines take on the role of the mule and let me more time to live. Im a little to idealistic I thinks haha. But I do believe we have already reached the technological level to do this- and I think one way or another, things are only going to get better- How many more generations of bankers and generals can there possibly be....



posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 05:01 PM
link   
reply to post by Human_Alien
 


...Well gee I'm glad someone solved the World's needs for 24/7 cupcakes?

Now a 24/7 pizza machine.. hell ya. Or a taco bus that works like an icecream truck.. plays music and we can all chase it down the street to get some fresh tacos and beer. Mmmm.. That's the American dream. Minus the running of course. It could drive really slow so we can saunter after it.



posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 05:05 PM
link   
reply to post by spoonbender
 


We had a bunch of those machines in the office building I used to work at. Tasted like stale garbage. One day someone new was there on her first day and asked if the food was good. I replied "have you ever watched a bum and wondered what the food he pulls out of the dumpster tastes like? Try the vending machine food" .. She later concurred, it was quite nasty.



new topics

top topics



 
7
<<   2 >>

log in

join