The Gut-wrenching pain of pregnancy women experience could one day be solved if parents are ready to adapt to this artificial-womb, which produces babies in an environment exactly like a woman’s womb, which might happen in future. The concept video of having an Artificial Womb facility carrying mass 30,000 babies a year in individual pods astounds the internet.
Named as “EctoLife”, artificial womb facility is just a futuristic film created by Hashem Al-Ghaili who is a video creator and science communicator. The video depicts that what and how pregnancy would be like in the future, empowering humans to modify the “Perfect Baby” in terms of intelligence, color, height, and even eye and hair color. It’s like ‘Photoshop editing of giving-birth’.
There has been artificial embryo in lab for organ developments, but this is the first time world has been introduced with this artificial womb kind of technology.
The Need for Artificial Womb
The global human population has touched a peak of 8 billion this year and is expected to fall in the coming decades. As many countries in the world raises concerns of having no younger population, countries like Japan, Italy, Finland, Estonia, and Australia started paying parents to have their own babies.
Nations like Japan, Finland offers nearly $9500 (₹8,00,000) to their citizens for birthing a baby. In fact, Italy welcomed an American woman who gave birth in Italy after becoming citizen of the country. She received nearly $25,000 – $35,000 (₹20Lakhs – ₹29lakhs) over a period of 18-years as baby expenses from Italian government.
Besides, fertility rates have been dropping drastically in the past few decades. The sperm count of men had declined 10% in five years in India and 51 percent in the last 46 years globally, a report says. It’s no wonder with these tragic statistics if nations by themselves adapt to this kind of artificial-womb facilities.
EctoLife – Artificial Womb
Artificial womb facility like EctoLife can improve the success rate of conception by using procedures like in-vitro fertilization and then transplanting the fertilized embryo directly into the artificial womb. Here, the growth and development of the fetus can be monitored 24/7, and timely interventions be made to prevent the loss of pregnancy.
Parents could see how their offspring evolve during the maternity period and turn up at the end to carry their baby. It’s like investment in the banks, where you deposit money and come over after few years for a return. Jests aside, EctoLife impresses with advanced technologies of monitoring babies – connecting with smartphone app by which parents can see their child anytime and even talk or sing to them. And choose what story or music they should hear. Not only that, it can do a lot of stuffs, which was futuristically mind-blowing. I had macro-imaged the features of the facility here for a visual interpretation.
Artificial Wombs May Raise Concern – Opinion
As explained in the video, the man-made womb also lets to genetically engineer one’s baby to impart the good and best traits from 300+ gene varieties. It contrastingly poses a concern of sociological impartialities as all parents would have to raise “super babies”. Genetically modifying an offspring for the betterment of oneself seems departing from nature.
All the babies in the world cannot be born from artificial wombs at present. This may offend with naturally born babies as the babies born in the facility center would definitely outweigh a normal baby. As likely AI-made paintings shouldn’t intrude sketches drawn by a man, genetically engineering babies will not fall under egalitarianism and hence rescinding the concept should be addressed.
Also, if future lets this idea possible (which it could), countries may make it mainstream way to have children due to the growing infertility.
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