Vending Machines Conflict Part I

Introduced thousands of years ago, vending machines have a long and rich history. Through the years, it is indisputable that these machines have made life more convenient for many different cultures. The discovery of vending machines opened the door to a world of technological advancement. Once operated through solar or wind-powered energy, or by rolling a stone, vending machines are now able to operate electronically, wirelessly, or remotely. Once accepting pebbles and coins for payment, vending machines are now able to accept currency and credit cards. Once offering one product at a time, whether it was water, coffee, or orange juice, vending machines are now capable of offering over fifty selections through one machine. Once yielding a profit for ancient governments, these machines are now used to yield individual profit. It is evident that there have been huge strides made towards the technological advancement of vending machines.

Although the technological advancements made in the vending industry have been impressive, none have been more noteworthy than the social and economic advancements resulting from the introduction of vending machines. In ancient times, vending machines were the catalyst for trade between different countries and regions. This resulted in the increase of product selection in a region, as well as the adaptation of beliefs, customs, and religion. As societies realized the potential for monetary gain, vending machines have since been used as a vehicle for economic growth. In more recent times, as societies were focused on creating more advanced machines, there was, and continues to be, a cross-cultural exchange of ideas between brilliant minds throughout the world. Vending machines have paved the way for the economic and social growth of many societies.

In Africa, the invention of the fruit juice machine fueled the establishment of a positive relationship between the people of Niger and Mauritania. Having created a valve-release machine that dispensed orange juice, Fulahia, a revered Hausa figure of Niger, was excited to share his invention. By introducing his creation to his neighboring country of Mauritania, Fulahia gave the Hausa people of Niger an opportunity to interact with the Moors of Mauritania. Fulahia discovered that the Moors cultivated coffee beans and enjoyed a strong beverage created by crushing coffee beans in water and exposing them to the hot sun. Since the process to make coffee was so labor intensive, Fulahia borrowed his own idea for dispensing orange juice to dispense coffee, even creating an easy way to filter out the crushed coffee beans and impurities. While exchanging coffee beans for fruits and vegetables, the people of Niger and Mauritania slowly exchanged beliefs, customs, and patterns of behavior. The introduction of Fulahia's creation led to a peaceful existence and a positive symbiotic relationship between these two neighboring African countries. However, the introduction of vending machines in a society has not always been so successful. In fact, in certain cases, this introduction has proven to be detrimental to society, creating a hostile environment marred with violence, hatred, and prejudice.


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