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