You Mean They Were Mothers and Fathers?

If you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road

Since the invention of machines their primary purpose has been to make human lives easier by allowing for the mundane activities of mankind to be outsourced to digital automation. Yet, in this quest to better humanity, the act of maintaining a population may be one such task left to the machines. Ectogenesis means “to develop outside” and refers to the process by which fetuses can be gestated in an artificial womb. Although the application of this technology is not yet ready, human embryos have been maintained in an artificial environment for 10 days, the US legal limit. In mouse and goat models, more progress has been made with animal fetuses being almost brought to term. No longer the science fiction of Huxley, but not quite the science fact of the immediate future, it teeters on the precipice of promise. However, the very concept of a technology’s “promise” imbues a…

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