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Author Topic: Dining at the Automat -- 1902  (Read 22495 times)
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« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2013, 05:09:21 am »

It doesn't mater any way - we'll soon be eating Soylent Green anyway!  Have you heard about this "Soylent Diet"?

http://www.businessinsider.com/rob-rhinehart-food-substitute-soylent-2013-3
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« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2013, 10:48:42 pm »

A lovely idea of Retro-Futurism; Mr. Bowman's images of the Automat combined with many functions, including the laundry in the original tv series 'Lost in Space' in which the laundry was posted into a slot.  It was invisibly broken down into its atomic components and remade, and moments later posted back in an envolope. 
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« Reply #27 on: June 03, 2017, 05:42:59 am »

Update:

Someone in Harlem has a basement full of automat machines:
https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/05/stories-from-the-automat-machines-in-a-harlem-basement/?scp=1&sq=automat&st=cse

A business opportunity for someone.
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« Reply #28 on: June 04, 2017, 02:27:19 pm »

Interexting "update", doesn't that article come from 2010?
Or has my Tablet tricked me again?
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« Reply #29 on: June 04, 2017, 03:57:43 pm »

Interexting "update", doesn't that article come from 2010?
Or has my Tablet tricked me again?

It was news to me.
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« Reply #30 on: June 06, 2017, 03:42:02 am »

Interesting. I was looking at a completely unrelated article, and down at the bottom was a link to this:
http://www.sfchronicle.com/food/article/Crowds-flock-to-new-S-F-tech-friendly-fast-food-6478759.php

The two year old article is about a new restaurant where you order through your smart phone and pick up your plate at a numbered window.

The food is quinoa bowls, which doesn't appeal to my midwestern tastes, but it looks like food that could eventually be prepared by automated machinery; a completely automated automat.
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« Reply #31 on: June 09, 2017, 04:47:17 pm »



 Here in the Antipodes , vending machine food is fairly mainstream.  Soft drinks, water, fruit juice, flavored milk, candy bars [called chocolate bars here even if they don't have chocolate ], packets of nuts, potato chips etc. , sandwiches.  They are in  the usual places Iike hospitals,  some car parks,  cafeteria, work places.

 Though I can see a market for other snacks and meals, and other venues  the could be utilised  in. Transport centres , laundromat, rest stops.
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« Reply #32 on: June 09, 2017, 06:38:57 pm »

Automat isn't quite the same thing as vending machines; at an automat there is a kitchen on the other side of the bank of coin-operated doors, with someone constantly restocking the compartments with fresh plates.
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« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2017, 12:05:29 pm »

Automat isn't quite the same thing as vending machines; at an automat there is a kitchen on the other side of the bank of coin-operated doors, with someone constantly restocking the compartments with fresh plates.

Then we have nothing here as excellent  as that.  I could  see a few places where thar  could work  too.
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« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2018, 05:24:34 pm »

The final evolution of the automat, the TRUE automat:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2018/05/08/robots-made-lunch-enjoyed-that-wrong/YXyTNtHKkCe66AZAbhglkN/story.html
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« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2018, 03:01:57 am »


 Robot food preparation is probably no less appetising  than manual - though I can see where things could go horribly wrong
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« Reply #36 on: May 13, 2018, 03:36:22 pm »

But is it really an automat? If you still need to have an employee pick up the prepared food and supervise the machines? Not that I want a fully automated experience. Same as a self driving car, things can and will go horribly wrong at some point. I'd hate to have my stomach pumped or worse surgically opened after an accident involving a robot.
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