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HOW WILL WE MAKE BABIES, HAVE SEX AND BUILD RELATIONSHIPS IN THE FUTURE?
It is 40 years ago that Louise Brown, the first ‘test-tube baby’, was born through In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). This technology has become accepted practice around the world, and has put over 6 million babies into the world.
Developments in the reproductive sciences continue: at this point, it has become possible to reprogram human skin-cells into gametes or bring lamb foetuses to term in ‘biobags’, a primitive version of what can be seen as an artificial womb. Next Nature Network explores how these emerging reproductive technologies change our conception of pregnancy, gender, relationships and ultimately: our human nature.
- How will REPRODUTOPIA look like: how will we make babies, experience intimacy and build families in the future?
- How will technologies such as artificial wombs change our conception of gender and ultimately: our human nature?
- How should we envisage the artificial womb as a ‘humane technology’. Can we create a design brief already?
About the host
Grievink is designer at Next Nature Network, a global design network that speculates on a future in which biology and technology merge. He has worked on projects such as Meat the Future and the In Vitro Meat Cookbook, an exploration of the cultural potential of lab-grown meat and invented the Pyramid of Technology, a conceptual model and design tool that visualizes how technology becomes nature. Grievink currently leads the REPRODUTOPIA project, a research on the future of making babies, intimacy and relationships.