Billionaire crypto geeks say they want to replace mothers with ‘synthetic wombs’

Pregnancy is one of life's greatest miracles, but it isn't always easy on expectant mothers. It gives people bizarre cravings, sleepless nights, and months off work.

Although some might argue that all of that strife is worth it for your little bundle of joy, others disagree.

At least, that's the case for several wealthy tech bros, who have proposed replacing human pregnancy with artificial wombs—so that women can keep on working while robots make the babies.

The idea was initially suggested by Sahil Lavingia, a wealth tech entrepreneur, on Twitter.

He told Elon Musk: "We should be investing in technology that makes having kids much faster / easier / cheaper / more accessible. Synthetic wombs, etc"

His suggestion received enthusiastic support from Vitalik Buterin, the billionaire founder of cryptocurrency Ethereum.

Buterin said that "synthetic wombs would remove the high burden of pregnancy, significantly reducing the inequality [between men and women]." He then shared a chart exploring the gender wage gap.

Somewhat predictably, the suggestions were met with widespread outrage and confusion.

"So grow babies in labs or what? Like The Matrix?" asked one Twitter user.

Another argued there are much easier ways to support mothers: "How about – and stick with me here, cuz it gets wild – we lower the cost of hospital bills, hire more midwives / doulas / lactation consultants, provide longer paid family leave & access to fresh food, and / or have more seating in public places for pregnant people to rest a bit, eh?"

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While there is no functioning artificial womb just yet, scientists in the Netherlands claimed in 2019 that they were less than a decade away from developing one that could save the lives of premature babies.

The tech bros' ideas followed a thread by Elon Musk exploring the issue of 'population collapse'.

He said: "We should be much more worried" about the issue, adding:

"If there aren't enough people for Earth, then there definitely won't be enough for Mars."

Current UN projections show that the world population is predicted to reach 11.2 billion by the year 2100.

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