“People factories” are becoming a reality
German biotechnologist Hashem Al-Ghalili recently presented a visualisation of a science-fiction-like laboratory for the production of people. It consists of a large room equipped with futuristic capsules, filled with oxygen and amniotic fluid, in which babies develop.
Each such laboratory would have 400 artificial wombs. Al-Ghalili argues that up to 30,000 people could be yearly “produced” and born via this procedure.
The EctoLife project would also offer an elite premium package, under which parents would be able to select and freely edit the child’s genes before implanting the embryo into the artificial uterus, choosing the colour of the child’s skin, eyes, and hair, and even its physical strength, height or intelligence.
Two weeks after EctoLife published its visualisation, a draft law was registered in the Ukrainian parliament, which provides the legal basis for making this initiative a reality.
The project was submitted by an MP from President Volodymyr Zelensky’s “Servant of the People” party, and the Verkhovna Rada referred it for further work.