45 results for “artificial womb”

Watch: BBC reports on world’s first artificial womb for humans

October 21st 2019

Now that the team of researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (whom we previously collaborated with to design a prototype for an artificial womb) has been awarded a €2.9…

Artificial Womb receives €2.9m funding to develop prototype

Freya Hutchings
October 8th 2019

Hooray! The team of researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (whom we previously collaborated with to design a prototype for an artificial womb) has been awarded a €2.9…

Artificial womb: Are we ready?

April 5th 2019

“Within a few years it will be possible for a premature baby to continue to mature in an artificial womb,” says gynecologist Guid Oei.…

Artificial womb: Dream or nightmare?

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?…

What an artificial womb may look like in the future

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
November 1st 2018

Consider this: in the future, artificial wombs could replace incubators as they mimic the natural environment of the female uterus. But what will these devices look like?…

Towards a design brief for the artificial womb

July 31st 2018

Humanity is facing the disconnection between biological reproduction and the body, facilitated by the emerging technology of the Artificial Womb. Envisioned in bleak science fiction scenarios many times in the past, this technology is about to become a reality in our present.…

How will the artificial womb affect society?

Natalja Heybroek
June 6th 2018

Where contraceptives such as the pill disconnect sex from reproduction, in vitro fertilisation disconnects contraception from sex, and the artificial womb would disconnect the body from pregnancy and childbirth.…

Read the Entire Artificial Womb Series

September 4th 2017

Throughout the summer season, we published a timeline series to explore medical, cultural and technological developments in relation to the ectogenesis concept. We started this research with a historical investigation of the relation between technology and biological reproduction.…

Artificial Womb Workshop at BioClub Tokyo

August 31st 2017

On August 8, NNN gave a workshop at BioClub Tokyo, a weekly event held at the FabCafé in Shibuya. Hendrik-Jan Grievink, designer and initiator of the Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg project, shared some insights on the future of technologies concerning human reproduction, sexuality and relationships.…

1916 – Artificial Womb Appeared in Cinema

Elle Zhan Wei
August 16th 2017

The image above it's a screenshot from Homunculus, a 1916 movie by Otto Rippert about a group of scientists who created a human in the lab.…

1996 – First Artificial Womb Experimented

Elle Zhan Wei
August 2nd 2017

In 1996, professor Yoshinori Kuwabara at Juntendo University in Tokyo developed a system called EUFI, extrauterine fetal incubation. A premature goat fetus was the experiment subject.…

Artificial Womb Workshop at Border Sessions

Elle Zhan Wei
July 12th 2017

What would happen if we could have babies without the involvement of a female body? On June 28 during the workshop we hosted at Border Sessions Festival, twenty-two people with different backgrounds - ranging from art and design to geology, pediatrics and prenatal instrument engineering - explored the possible answers to this question through an inspiring societal prototyping session.…

1955 – Artificial Womb Drawing Patented

Elle Zhan Wei
May 31st 2017

Emanuel M. Greenberg identified the issues of preemies dying due to the immaturity of their organs. He designed a system hoping to help these babies live longer.…

2017 – Artificial Womb Incubates Fetal Lamb

Elle Zhan Wei
May 10th 2017

A very recent success brought the research in artificial wombs one step forward. A lamb born at the equivalent of 23 weeks in a human gestational period was kept alive in an artificial womb and developed just as if it was in a normal womb.…

Artificial Womb: the Timeline

May 7th 2017

NNN is currently researching the concept of the artificial womb and its societal impact and challenges. We started with a historic investigation of the relation between technology and biological reproduction and listed the key moments in the conception of such technology throughout time, as well as related assisted reproductive technologies.…

Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg?

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
May 1st 2017

Humanity is facing the disconnection between biological reproduction and the body, facilitated by the emerging technology of the Artificial Womb. Envisioned in bleak science fiction scenarios many times in the past, this technology is about to become a reality in our present.…

The birth of the artificial womb

Alessia Andreotti
November 11th 2013

Scientists at Juntendo University in Tokyo have developed a practice called EUFI, extrauterine fetal incubation. In EUFI, the researchers take goat fetuses, thread catheters through the large vessels in the umbilical cord and supply the fetuses with oxygenated blood while suspending them in incubators that contain artificial amniotic fluid heated to body temperature.…

2014 – Womb Transplant Baby Born

Elle Zhan Wei
August 25th 2017

At age 36 a Swedish woman who had her uterus removed due to cancer in her twenties gave birth to her own child as the world's first person to undergo a womb transplant.…

2015: Artificial Placenta Approaches

Elle Zhan Wei
July 26th 2017

Baby incubators for premature infants are made to mimic the temperature inside the womb. Nineteenth-century incubators already featured a good level of hygiene, a supply of air and constant temperature.…

How emojis represent the past, present and future within Next Nature

Britta de Vries
March 5th 2020

It's that time of year again; the Unicode Emoji 13.0 has announced that 117 new emojis are to be implemented in the second half of 2020.…

Towards collective standpoints on the future of baby making

Freya Hutchings
December 6th 2019

For the closing event of Reprodutopia, a true meeting of minds took place as we discussed the social implications surrounding the future of reproductive technologies.…

Join us for the closing event of Reprodutopia

November 18th 2019

Should men be able to give birth to children? Should we externalize pregnancy with artificial wombs? And are these feminist dreams or frankenstein nightmares?…

Should men be able to give birth to children?

October 30th 2019

Within a few years, it may be possible for premature babies to grow inside an artificial womb. And when that day arrives, should men be able to give birth to children?…


Should men be able to give birth to children? Should we externalize pregnancy with artificial wombs? And are these feminist dreams or frankenstein nightmares?…

Lisa Mandemaker

Lisa is a speculative designer with a strategic, contextually aware and critical approach to research and practice. She considers design as a catalyst for change and crafts future narratives through designed artifacts.…

Your Next Nature guide to Dutch Design Week 2018

Meike Schipper
October 15th 2018

Over time, our bodies, our food and our environment have become more and more subject to design. As designers, we hold the responsibility and have the unique chance to envision the world - in order to decide which future we want.…

A happy birth day to Louise Brown

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
July 25th 2018

Dear Louise Brown,

On behalf of the future I would like to congratulate you on your birthday. It has been 40 years that you where born into this world on July 25th 1978, after conception by in vitro fertilisation, or IVF.…

Why human enhancement requires technological citizenship

Ira van Keulen and Rinie van Est
May 29th 2018

New technologies – from artificial intelligence to synthetic biology – are set to alter the world, the human condition, and our very being in ways that are hard to imagine.…

Thijs van Stigt

Thijs has a background in biology and the history and philosophy of science. He is fascinated by how the use of representation and manipulation shape the way we see our world.…

2016 – Human Embryo Lives 13 Days in Lab

Elle Zhan Wei
August 9th 2017

A team of American and British biologists has successfully kept a human embryo alive in the lab for 13 days, breaking the previous record of nine days.…

1896 – Baby Incubators in Coney Island

Elle Zhan Wei
July 19th 2017

In 1896, baby incubators were already used as medical equipment in France, while the US still considered them unusual machine. American society held the general belief that premature babies were God's will and that their innate weakness was because they were destined to languish before seeing life fully.…

1978 – World’s First ‘Test Tube Baby’ Born

Elle Zhan Wei
July 5th 2017

In November 1977 Lesley Brown underwent a radical procedure, a method invented by the cooperation of two English doctors that won a Nobel Prize in Medicine 33 years later.…

3D Printed Ovaries

Julie Reindl
June 30th 2017

Bones, skulls, skin cells, 3D printing plays a big role in today's medicine and its presence will continue to grow. Researchers developed a new 3D printed bioprosthesis: in vitro ovaries made of biodegradable scaffold that might one day help women struggling with infertility.…

1999 – Ectogenesis Enters The Matrix

Elle Zhan Wei
June 28th 2017

The Matrix was released in 1999. As you may know, it's a sci-fi blockbuster that narrates a dystopian future where humans live in a simulated reality, called "the matrix".…

400 BCE – Myth of Princes Grown in Jars

Elle Zhan Wei
June 21st 2017

When imagining the artificial womb, we look to what ancient myths have to offer. One of the earliest references to ex vivo birth can be found in ancient Indian Sanskrit epics, dated 400BCE.…

1857 – The First Baby Incubators

Elle Zhan Wei
June 14th 2017

Premature birth normally means an under-developed baby who has not yet acquired the necessary organs maturity to survive outside of mother's womb.…

1537 – Homunculus: the Semi-Human

Elle Zhan Wei
June 7th 2017

The creation of life has always been a human fantasy. According to reports from the 16th and 17th centuries, at that time alchemists started trying to produce a fully formed miniature human body, the homunculus, from a flask.…


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1923 – Term ‘Ectogenesis’ Coined

Elle Zhan Wei
May 24th 2017

Ectogenesis - the gestation of human embryos in artificial circumstances outside a human uterus - is a term coined in 1923. It made its first appearance in the science fiction essay Daedalus, or, Science and the Future by British scientist J.…

1932 – “Brave New World” Published

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
May 17th 2017

In 1932, English writer Aldous Huxley published his iconic novel Brave New World. This book brought the idea of the artificial uterus to the big audience, like never before, and still holds value as one of the most significant references in the sometimes heated debates on the subject of human reproductive technologies.…

Human Artist Hatches Ten Chicken Eggs

Ruben Baart
April 28th 2017

As part of his latest project Oeuf, French artist Abraham Poincheval spent three weeks sitting on a specially designed “breeding chair” trying to hatch ten hen's eggs with his own body heat.…

Hendrik-Jan Grievink

Hendrik-Jan Grievink is designer at Next Nature Network since 2007. He is an expert in translating philosophy into clear-cut objects and experiences. Since…

Face the future of intimacy with Kiiroo

Ruben Baart
May 12th 2018

Meet the teledildonics, an ingenious species of bi-directionally controlled sextoys from the future, available today. These touch emulating vibrators find each other on social sex networks to, in accordance with the preferred embodiment, perform two-way interactive sessions that interface controls to the stimulation device(s) located at, well, your body.…

Your Virtual Midwife Is Here

Charlotte Kuijpers
December 15th 2017

An external device that helps you to conceive, carry and raise a child. Seems scary and futuristic? Or extremely useful? It's up to you to decide!…

The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

Danny Hillis
April 10th 2016

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it.…