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Will Minecraft and Makerbot Usher in the Post-Scarcity Economy? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

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From the Jetsons to Cory Doctorow, science fiction writers of all stripes have imagined a world where any object could be instantly created. Modern economics on the other hand, is built on the principle of competition for scarce resources. And while it may not seem like a video game and printer could alter this economic reality, we beg to differ. Minecraft's creative mode is the perfect vehicle for understanding a Post-Scarcity world; a place where resources are permanently available and constantly regenerated. It shows that with unlimited resources, people end up creating amazing digital structures! Of course, a world of infinitely available resources seems pretty fantastical until you consider the Makerbot and the future of 3D printing. The Makerbot is an at home device that allow you to print real three dimensional objects, meaning a Minecraftian future where you can print anything you want at anytime might not be that far away. Let us know what sorts of crazy ideas you have, about this episode and otherwise: Tweet at us! @pbsideachannel (yes, the longest twitter username ever) Email us! pbsideachannel [at] gmail [dot] com Hosted by Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta) Made by Kornhaber Brown ( This video contains a clip from Zach Bora's Minecraft - Mansion Timelapse video: Music By: Roglok - DJ Mar.S. AKA One Milk - Room for the Homeless - Level 5: Minecraft Fun: Makerbot & 3D Printing Goodness: Watch Shannon on Coffey Chat! Want some more Idea Channel? Here's last week's episode: How Did Sherlock Holmes Pave the Way for 50 Shades of Grey? Want another one? Here ya go: "Does the Kinect Make Microsoft an Arts Benefactor?" You want more? Check this one out:"Does Nail Art Prove That Anything Can Be A Canvas for Artistic Expression?"