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What is the vending machine vending? Regular snacks? Advice? Hot towels? Our brains develop schemas, which is a psychological term for the way we categorize and anticipate situations and things (and people). If your first thought after reading the word ‘vending machine’ was Strawberry Poptart (which was our first thought), then you associate vending machines with snacks (as likely do most of the population). For this prompt, we challenge you to break that schema and imagine what else a vending machine could vend, and what it might think of its job function (given its status as ‘smart’). Perhaps grab a snack while you contemplate. 

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