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Chinese Researchers Are Creating Robot Nannies To Nurture Babies In Artificial Wombs

Researchers in China have developed a robotic artificial intelligence system to care for embryos as they grow in an artificial womb.

According to The Independent, the robotic nanny is already nurturing several animal foetuses.

The researchers, who published their findings in the Journal of Biomedical Engineering, said they intend to develop technology that could enable parents to grow a baby in a lab, eliminating the need for women to fall pregnant themselves.

They said the robot intends ‘to optimize and improve the system for in-vitro embryo culture’ while also adding they wanted to create ‘an online monitoring system’ designed for ‘long-term culture of embryos’.

According to the research, the system also allows embryos to be nurtured more effectively than in a natural womb.

The report also added: “There are still many unsolved mysteries about the physiology of typical human embryonic development.”

Creating such technology would also help understand the origin of life and ’embryonic development of humans’ while providing answers for solving congenital disabilities and other significant reproductive health problems.

In 2019, Associate Professor in Law Neera Bhatia and Bioethicist and public health researcher Evie Kendal wrote in their article for The Conversation artificial wombs could aid premature babies.

They wrote: “Currently, those born earlier than 22 weeks gestation have little-to-no hope of survival. And those born at 23 weeks are likely to suffer a range of disabilities.

“Using a sealed ‘biobag’, which mimics the maternal womb, might help extremely premature babies survive and improve their quality of life.”


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