Scientifically, it’s called ectogenesis, a term coined by J.B.S. Haldane in 1924. A hugely influential science popularizer, Haldane did for his generation what Carl Sagan did later in the century. He got people thinking and talking about the implications of science and technology on our civilization, and did not shy away from inventing new words in order to do so. Describing ectogenesis as pregnancy occurring in an artificial environment, from fertilization to birth, Haldane predicted that by 2074 this would account for more than 70 percent of human births. His prediction may yet be on target.
In discussing the idea in his work Daedalus–a reference to the inventor in Greek mythology who, through his inventions, strived to bring humans to the level of the gods–Haldane was diving into issues of his time, namely eugenics and the first widespread debates over contraception and population control.
Whether Haldane’s view will prove correct about the specific timing of when ectogenesis might become popular, or the numbers of children born that way, it’s certain that he was correct that tAt the same time, he was right that the societal implications are sure to be significant as the age of motherless birth approaches. They will not be the same societal implications that were highlighted in Daedalus, however.
via Artificial wombs: The coming era of motherless births | Genetic Literacy Project.
If you adore box-like, red houses with an open kitchen and around 1,200 square feet of space, guess what! You’re an average Swede, apparently. Real estate site Hemnet and architects Tham & Videgård came up with the design by crowdsourcing user preferences for size, number of rooms and floors, using 200 million clicks on 86,000 properties. “The result is partly a mathematical translation of the statistical 1.5 floors within a cubic volume,” according to the team. The home makes the open kitchen the focal point of the house, highlighting its social importance to Swedes.
via Sweden’s ‘dream home’ crowdsourced from 200 million web searches.
When ChadMichael Morrisette, now 34, was in junior high school in Alaska, he was bullied by so many people that he couldn’t name only one.
“The entire football team bullied me,” Morrisette told Yahoo Parenting. “It wasn’t one guy, it was six or seven guys who would follow me in the hallways, harassing me, insulting me, threatening my life.”
Morrisette is now a visual designer and brand consultant in Hollywood. But he was reminded of that past life — two decades ago — when he received a Facebook message from Louie Amundson, one of Morrisette’s former tormentors, on May 5. Amundson was reaching out to make amends after he said his daughter asked if he’d ever bullied anyone.
via Former high school bully sends a sweet Facebook apology 20 years later.
Remember how cool we all thought the original T-1000 was when it would heal itself after getting shot thanks to its liquid metal alloy? Well, some scientists have created something that’s almost as cool: “Bioconcrete” that can heal itself with the help of some very special bacteria.
via Self-healing concrete: Limestone-producing bacteria used | BGR.
Look, we know this sea turtle’s prosthetic beak has a tragic backstory, but it sure makes the reptile look like it has a future as a badass pizza-loving mutant. According to 3D Printing Industry, Turkish animal rescuers found it almost lifeless at sea, after a boat propeller shaved off a huge part of its snout. It escaped the clutches of death thanks to those kind folks, but a turtle that has to be hand-fed can never survive back in the wild. That’s why the organization contacted 3D printing service provider BTech Innovation, which took the turtle’s CT scans to create a beak that would fit it perfectly.
via Wounded turtle can return to the ocean thanks to a 3D-printed beak.
Robots are poised to revolutionize surgery, as demonstrated by this astounding—and even touching—promotional video showcasing the da Vinci Surgical System as it sutures a damaged grape.
There’s a reason these robotic arms’ actions look human-like. Though it’s referred to as a robot, the system can’t move or operate autonomously; a surgeon is 100% in control. The technology is designed to expand a surgeon’s capabilities and make operations less invasive.
via Watch These Nimble Robotic Arms Perform Surgery On A Grape.
Does DARPA employ psychics or something? I mean they must, or how else can you explain this precognitive glimpse at the modern world? The advanced research agency produced it more than a decade ago! Admittedly, many of the ideas featured were already rolling out, in development or pulled from sci-fi, but you can see the futuristic vision (and ugly UIs everywhere) in this DARPA film, Strategic Cyber Defense. Included are a number of modern technologies such as ubiquitous touchscreens, voice activated computer interfaces (a la “Ok Google”), advanced behavioral analysis, real-time translation and automated cyber-defenses. Watch the video below to see how many of today’s future technologies you can spot — and how many are better off left as concepts that didn’t pan out.
via 2001 DARPA movie predicts the state of today’s technology.