Here's an innovation that may strike terror into the hearts of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf Merchants Association. Indeed, the video you are about see could be the harbinger of a wholesale reconficuration of San Francisco's urban landscape and northern waterfront, eventually turning a now-popular tourist area into a robotic Serv-O-Mat... or worse!
As if the dangers of overharvesting, fishery contamination, and economic downturn weren't scary enough for a typical Wharf crab-monger, In Nanjing, China, a new vending machine serves live crabs direct to seafood-craving consumers.
Think about it: If Chinese entrepreneurs take this idea one step further -- by figuring out how to offer live crabs WITH melted butter AND cocktail sauce... perhaps served in a bread bowl... all from a vending machine -- Fisherman's Wharf as we know it may cease to exist. Be afraid, Wharf merchants. Very afraid!
Watch for yourself, and enjoy the Japanese narration: