Artificial wombs, also known as “ectogenetic” systems, are devices that are designed to support the development of an embryo or fetus outside of a woman’s uterus. The goal of these systems is to provide a more controlled and potentially safer environment for fetal development, potentially reducing the risks associated with traditional pregnancy and childbirth.
There are a number of potential applications for artificial wombs, including helping women who are unable to carry a pregnancy to term due to medical conditions or helping to improve outcomes for premature infants.
At this time, artificial wombs are still in the early stages of development and are not yet fully available for use in everyday humans. There have been some successful animal studies, and concepts have been made for use in humans that we could see become prevalent over the next few years.
Some potential features of artificial wombs that may give parents more control over their baby’s development could include the ability to carefully control the environment in which the fetus develops, such as the temperature, humidity, and nutrient levels.
Other potential features might include monitoring systems to track the baby’s vital signs and development, as well as the ability to intervene if any problems arise.
- Genetic modification, eye colour, muscle development, hairline length and colour, and other visual characteristics
- Mental capacity of the child, giving a high IQ level and likely setting up the child to excel further than natural born children
- Eliminate disease in the DNA and avoid all illness and suffering, targeting the potential issues in DNA makeup. Including mental illness.
At this point The EctoLife research company in Germany revealed the facility they have offers customer baby characteristics to choose from on a menu. So far, it claims the capacity of the lab is to grow 30,000 babies a year and is said to be based on over 50 years of scientific research.
They have reported that: -“EctoLife, will be the world’s first artificial womb facility, which is powered entirely by renewable energy. According to the World Health Organization, around 300,000 women die from pregnancy complications. The artificial womb is designed to alleviate human suffering and reduce the chances of C-sections. The premature births and C-sections will be a thing of the past.”
What will the impacts on society look like?
If artificial wombs were to become available for use in humans commercially in the next few years, it’s possible that society could be impacted in a number of ways. Some potential changes could include:
- Changes to family structures: Artificial wombs could allow people who are unable to carry a pregnancy to term, or who cannot conceive naturally, to have biological children. This could potentially lead to changes in traditional family structures.
- Changes to reproductive rights: The availability of artificial wombs could potentially impact debates around reproductive rights and access to reproductive technologies.
- Changes to gender roles: If artificial wombs became widely available, it is possible that traditional gender roles and expectations could be impacted, as both men and women could potentially be able to carry a pregnancy to term.
- Ethical and moral debates: The use of artificial wombs could raise a number of ethical and moral questions, such as whether it is appropriate to gestate a fetus outside of a woman’s body, and what the implications might be for the mother-child bond.
So, the matrix is here. Are you ready?