Published On: Fri, Jul 29th, 2016

This Bitcoin Vending Machine Is Sending Weird Signals About the Future

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MIT’s Media Lab unveiled a vending machine that accepts bitcoin with a quirky twist — it was stocked solely with Soylent.
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Soylent and Bitcoin?
A picture of the vending machine was tweeted out by MIT’s own Ethan Zuckerman last night. In it, you can see the machine was mostly empty aside from a few bottles of Soylent. The vending machine even comes equipped with a QR code for people to conveniently scan.
Vending machine at @medialab accepts bitcoin, stocked only with @soylent. Surely this is a metaphor for something. pic.twitter.com/ubgtojcvX0
— Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ) July 28, 2016

The machine first came to public attention sometime last year, as a few people tweeted about the possibility of MIT Lab getting a bitcoin-compatible vending machine. Speculation made its way around social media after the director of Media Lab, Joi Ito, first tweeted a picture of a vending machine being brought into the lab.
The speculation became reality after a while, once it was actually confirmed to accept bitcoin. Tierion tweeted about it after getting a tour of the MIT Media Lab building in September …

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