Scientists from China have developed a new artificial intelligence-powered nanny to take care of babies in an artificial womb. The artificial womb provides an environment for babies to grow safely, and the AI-powered nanny can monitor the entire process.
Researchers in Suzhou, China’s eastern Jiangsu province, built this artificial intelligence-powered system to safely take care of embryos. Professor Sun Haixuan led the research team at the Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, a Chinese Academy of Sciences subsidiary. Currently, the artificial intelligence-powered nanny is monitoring the health of several animal embryos.
The technology includes a container that is filled with nutritious fluids that support the growth of mouse embryos inside it. The study was published last month in the domestic peer-reviewed Journal of Biomedical Engineering.
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Various surveys point out that young Chinese women are increasingly abandoning conventional objectives of marriage and children. Hence, this newly developed system can help mass-produce babies in a country where citizens are unwilling to bear children to regulate the country’s population.
The research paper mentioned that the new technology “not only helps further understand the origin of life and embryonic development of humans but also provide a theoretical basis for solving birth defects and other major reproductive health problems.”
Additionally, the artificial womb can completely eliminate the need for women to bear babies as it provides a safer and more controlled growing atmosphere for babies.
Researchers had to manually monitor each embryo during the early stage of the research, making it difficult for them to keep track of huge numbers of embryos simultaneously. The AI-nanny was developed to tackle this issue of monitoring multiple embryos at once.