The Santa Claus Machine

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Revolutionary improvements to automation and production may one day create machines able to produce almost anything, quickly and cheaply, and far faster and more varied than modern 3D Printers. Such devices are sometimes known as Santa Claus Machines, Cornucopia Devices, or Clanking Del-Replicators, and today we will examine how likely such technology is, how far off in the future they might be, and what impact they would have on society.

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The Santa Claus Machine
Episode 165, Season 4 E51

Isaac Arthur

A.T. Long
Darius Said
Edward Nardella
Keith Blockus
Mark Warburton
Matthew Campbell

Isaac Arthur

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Jakub Grygier

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Bryan Versteeg
Darth Biomech
Fishy Tree
Jeremy Jozwik
LegionTech Studios

Isaac Arthur

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This channel focuses on exploring concepts in science with an emphasis on futurism and space exploration, along with a healthy dose of science fiction. While we explore many concepts and technologies that are far beyond us now, we try to keep everything inside the bounds of known science or major theories.

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