This year Louise Brown, the first ‘test-tube baby’, will turn 40. By now, In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) has become accepted practice around the world, resulting in thousands of new-borns annually. Developments in the reproductive sciences continue, and it has become possible to think of reprogramming human skin-cells into gametes or bringing lamb foetuses to term in ‘biobags’, or artificial wombs. How will this future look like?
Explore with us the future of making babies, relationships and intimacy during the Reprodutopia workshop at What Design Can Do.
In this workshop we will bring together researchers, designers, policy makers and entrepreneurs to engage in mapping current and emerging reproductive technologies as well as the possible, plausible, probable and preferable futures they might bring.
How will we approach this?
Our approach to this workshop is twofold. First, we will explore how artificial reproductive technologies will change our ideas about intimacy, gender equality, relationships and ultimately our human nature? In following, we look at these ideas from a design perspective: How should we envisage the artificial womb as a ‘humane technology’?
We hope to get out of this session a few pointers towards a ‘humane design’ approach to reproductive technologies; design that feels natural and revives human intuitions, takes human values as a cornerstone, empowers people and generally aims to improve the human condition.
More info and tickets via What Design Can Do