Artificial womb: Dream or nightmare?

NextNature.net
March 22nd 2019

The emerging technology of the artificial womb confronts us with a series of moral and societal questions. How to cope with that? Join us on 29 March at Eindhoven University of Technology and discuss with us the promises and perils of growing babies outside the womb.

An artificial what? Well, the scientific accurate term for the enabling technology behind the artificial womb is Ectogenesis (from the Greek ecto, outer, and genesis, birth). Accordingly, it refers to "the growth of an organism in an artificial environment outside the body in which it would normally be found.
"Unnatural you say? Biological reproduction is a highly technologized area for years already; consider how birth control has become widely accepted and available, and already over 6 million humans have been put onto this earth through In Vitro Fertilization.
Are we ready for this? The artificial womb—or at least the ability to create one—is inching its way toward us. The big question is whether or not society is ready for it. Thus we need a debate on the impact of emerging reproductive technologies. Join us!

Speakers include Hendrik-Jan Grievink (designer Next Nature Network), Guid Oei (gynecologist MMC), Lily Frank (ethicist TU/e), and Larisa Pans (author of the book “Onbeperkt vruchtbaar” - Limitless fertility). Moderated by Koert van Mensvoort (creative director Next Nature Network and Fellow TU/e).

Date: 29 March
Time: 12:30 - 16:30
Location: Blauwe Zaal, Auditorium, TU/e campus

Free admission, RSVP via this link.

This event is organized by the TU/e Center for Humans & Technology, in co-production with Next Nature Network

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Hendrik-Jan Grievink
Posted 09/10/2019 – 09:18

Nightmares are also dreams. They are projections of our unconscious mind. We need to take them very seriously and listen what they have to tell us.

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Joyce Nabuurs: To me this question seems to be a logical next step in the emancipation movement of the past century. More and more women entered the workspace, but the responsibility for pregnancy and childrearing remained female.

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