20 results for “Reprodutopia”

How ‘Woman on the Edge of Time’ explores the politics of embodiment

NextNature.net
July 3rd 2020

In her utopian novel Woman on the Edge of Time (1976), Marge Piercy addresses class, gender, and race as political and social issues in contemporary society. In her novel, these matters cause struggle and wars among social classes and individuals. 

In the story the main character, Connie, is in communication with an androgynous, time-traveling being, Luciente, who shows Connie a thrilling, idyllic future for humanity. 

In this version of the future, patriarchy topples; sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia perish; homelessness is …

‘We All Parent Earth’

Joyce Nabuurs
July 3rd 2020

Last week I was strolling through the aisles of the supermarket when I heard a buzzing sound coming from my pocket. I looked up from my cart and saw it was a message from  ‘Leto’. 

I remember Leto created a big stir last year with the launch of their family organizing algorithm. Its founders aim to counter the falling birth rates our world is now suffering from. Leto designs demographics for future generations to contribute to a healthy globe. It …

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. Multiple perspectives were heard in a talk-show style debate. Philosophers, bioethicists, researchers, a midwife, a new mother and audience members gathered to discuss the future of babymaking.

The event followed up on a number of questions raised in the exhibition; should men be able to give birth to children? Should we externalize pregnancy with artificial …

Join us for the closing event of Reprodutopia

NextNature.net
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? Welcome to Reprodutopia, a debate on our reproductive futures.

An exhibition as a research site

For the past two months, Next Nature Network has proudly presented the Reprodutopia exhibition at @DROOG in Amsterdam. On the one hand, the project was disguised as a clinic for future reproductive technologies, while on the other hand, it served as …

Should men be able to give birth to children?

NextNature.net
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 we externalize pregnancy with artificial wombs? And are these feminist dreams or frankenstein nightmares? Welcome to Reprodutopia, a debate on our reproductive futures.

A new narrative

For a long time the birds and the bees served us well to explain where our children come from. Yet radical developments …

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

NextNature.net
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 million grant to develop a working prototype of their artificial womb, this breakthrough raises ethical questions about the future of baby making on a global scale.

Therefore the BBC caught up with NNN designer Lisa Mandemaker, as part of their BBC 100 Women of 2019, on what it means to …

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 million grant to develop a working prototype of their artificial womb.

Artificial womb: a brief explainer

The artificial womb would provide premature babies with artificial respiration in conditions close to a biological womb. Oxygen and nutrients would be delivered to the baby through an umbilical cord-like tube. Inside, the baby would …

First human CRISPR trial in the US aims to cure inherited blindness

Vanessa Bates Ramirez
July 30th 2019

Gene editing is advancing at a faster pace than most of us can keep up with. One significant recent announcement was gene editing tool CRISPR’s application to non-genetic diseases thanks to a new ability to edit single letters in RNA.

Even as CRISPR reaches milestones like this, scientists continue to find new uses for it to treat genetic conditions. The next one that will hit clinics is a CRISPR treatment for a form of blindness called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA).…

Artificial womb: Are we ready?

NextNature.net
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. It is therefore that the Artificial Womb: Dream or Nightmare? symposium is held on 29 March at the TU/e Center for Humans & Technology—in collaboration with Next Nature Network. Not the question whether it’s possible, but whether we want this or not. Moreover, an ethicist, a journalist and a designer are also invited to share their …

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 …

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