It’s exciting how artificial intelligence (and technology overall) have turned the world upside down, mostly in the noble sense of the expression. To be accurate, my favorite field of reach, and not only because of its impressiveness but the value of utility, has been the one related to the medical and health domain.
It’s deeply insane what we’ve seen so far: bionic eyes and vision through virtual reality, to-take-away heart implants, 3D printed human skin, and even some ways to use our bodies as energy source providers. In that order of ideas, how far-fetched would it sound to you the idea of bringing humans to life through domestic, artificial wombs? Artificial insemination plans to go even more literal shortly.
Anyways, taking a look at the past, medicine has always seemed a bizarre field of experimentation. Just consider how close it has grown up hand in hand with the fine arts, for not calling it another aesthetic way of expression: nowadays, for no one’s a secret that most of the top medical contributions came from the secret (and in some cases illegal) researches made by geniuses like Michelangelo or Da Vinci.
Artificial Intelligence-based uterus concept: how will we born in the future?
So what happens when things get spiced up? Add some fresh artificial intelligence to the combination of medicine and fine arts, and the result will be astonishing but interesting concepts like the recent one published by a group of students from the Arnhem Institute of Arts in Netherlands, an artificial womb prototype that could be a game changer to the process of pregnancy and parturition experience.
The curious baby-making machine baptized as Par-tu-ri-ent would welcome the fertilized ovum so that the fetus develops till the moment of birth. The installation not only allows to see the follow-up of the supposed baby, but also incorporates a microphone to record their sounds and speak with him, and even a device to feel their beats.
The artificial intelligence-based concept device was imagined for premature babies, though, this could be the beginning of the artificial insemination expansion for male homosexual partners looking forward to conceiving children or even heterosexual couples where the woman is not capable of reproducing herself — So yes, a man will be able to be pregnant, but not the way we have pictured in our heads, ha!
Among other things, the appliance aims to eradicate the part of carrying an expanded belly with someone inside, but isn’t it one of the cutest parts of pregnancy for women? Maybe not for all, and that without even talking about the surgical and weight change trauma. The future of human spread might sound to something like: was your child born by natural birth, cesarean section, or artificial intelligence?
Utopia vs. Reality: the limitless of science, art, and artificial intelligence
Although it might seem just some sort of artsy and bohemian idea, were the sheep who gave us real hopes about creating life from artificial wombs. They’re the muse inspiring to the science-fiction Par-tu-ri-ent concept which remains a long way off from becoming a potential reality and is obviously not being brought to market.
The truth is that there are attempts to get it. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the United States would have recently successfully developed an artificial uterus for prematurely premature babies. Tested in baby ewes, researchers predict that within ten years preterm infants will be able to complete their development in chambers with artificial amniotic fluid.
So can an artificial uterus replace a real one? Could a domestic incubator replace the womb? An open debate in the scientific community that, of course, is not free of conflicting opinions and ethical connotations. The polemic is served.