Since 2016, the birth rate in china kept dropping. Thus, the number of newborns has almost reduced by 50% during the past five years. Over the past six decades, net population growth in 2021 was the lowest according to the National Bureau of Statistics. In this context, researchers from the country have been working on a new technology: theAI Prosecutor. It’s about a AI powered nanny who takes care of the embryos in the artificial wombs.
An article from South China Morning Post specifies that a artificial uterus is designed to allow a fetus to develop safely. It also has another name: “long-term embryo culture device”. About the AI nannyshe monitors and cares of the fetus inside the artificial womb.
the Professor Sun Haixuan, from the Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, led the study team on this topic. Chinese scientists have published the results of their work in the Journal of Biomedical Engineering.
The law does not yet authorize the use of this technology on human embryos
According to Chinese researchers, this AI nanny could be a “breakthrough for the future of procreation”. A considerable step forward for a country that is going through a period when the birth rate is particularly low. According to the study, this technology would give women the possibility of no longer carrying their baby. Moreover, the latter could grow more efficiently out of his mother’s body.
However, for legal reasonsthe IA nanny currently takes care of onlyanimal embryos according to Chinese scientists. Concretely, the international laws existing do not authorize experimental studies on the embryos of more than two weeks of development. Therefore, Professor Sun Haixuan’s team is testing the technology in particular on mouse embryos.
Embryos get more attention thanks to the AI nanny
Previously, scientists had to monitor, document and manually adjust the growth process of each embryo. However, the more the study progressed, the more this task, which requires special attention, becomes unsustainable. A problem that the AI nanny solvedbecause it is able to carry out this task of particularly precise way during 24 hours a day.
Moreover, theartificial intelligence makes it possible to detect the tiny changes in the embryo. The machine can then adapt nutrition, carbon dioxide and different intakes according to the latter’s need.
Not to mention that the AI nanny is able to categorize embryos according to their development and health potential. Thanks to this, when an embryo presents a major deficiency or dies, the computer alerts a person in charge to take it out of the artificial uterus.