edit: An article from 1996, I might add.
Regardless, it is nice that one day, hopefully soon, men will be able to start their own (biological) families - just as women are able today.
If so, no women can't do that today, and artificial gestation alone won't allow men to do it . Women still require a sperm donor, and (with artificial gestation) men would need an egg donor.
Regardless, I agree that within our lives people will be able to start their own "biological" families as most of the barriers are just engineering barriers.
Artificial placentas alone change nothing for men who want their own children, other than potential cost savings.
"I wouldn’t want to push back the gestational age limit,” Shaffer says. ”I want to eliminate the damage.” He says he believes that this technology may become the standard. By the year 2000, these techniques may be available in large centers"
Picking one of the researchers named in the project (Yoshinori Kuwabara) suggests that the article originates somewhere between 1997 and 2000.
- describes his artificial womb technology from 1997
- published in 2000 but indicates that the researcher has died
And some follow up research I think:
so I'm not sure just how an article from 1996 could reference the movie.
I guess I'm being too pedantic here:)
The applications could be life saving beyond neonatology:
- Pregnant women being diagnosed with illness that would threaten the baby.
- Pregnant women being diagnosed with illness for which the cure would threaten the baby.
- Pregnant women in very serious accidents (mother dying, such a device could save the baby).
- Infertile couples not wanting to use a surrogate mother.
- Like "alexeisadeski3" said, gay couples wanting to have a baby (but then, which one gets to be the biological father?).
In the crazy science department, this would render the cloning of extinct species more viable.
Unfortunately, it could also reduce the hurdles to create genetically modified beings.