A new canned drink vending machine in Japan uses facial recognition to recommend drinks based on the customer’s age and gender as well as the temperature and time of day. “If the customer is a man, the machine is likely to recommend a canned coffee drink, since men tend to prefer these. If the customer is in their 50s, though, that recommendation is likely to be green tea,” a company spokeswoman said. A young woman might be offered tea or something slightly sweeter, a child milk, an ad agency executive would be offered scotch, and a police officer would be told to move on to the next machine and order a doughnut.
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