A team of researchers recently announced that they successfully brought premature baby goats to term in a new artificial womb. So, how might an artificial womb be used with human babies in neonatal units? How might it impact difficult early life-and-death decisions? How might an artificial womb affect a woman’s legal right to an abortion? What does the history of childbirth tell us about how this technology could shape what it means to be a mother in the future?
Convergence is a live show and podcast that brings two people from vastly different fields into conversation about how emerging science and technology will affect culture, society, and politics in the near future. Hosted by Meehan Crist, writer in residence in biological sciences at Columbia University, each event will bring out themes and ideas missing when conversations stay siloed.
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Meehan Crist is writer in residence in biological sciences at Columbia University. Previously, she was editor at large at Nautilus and reviews editor at The Believer. Her writing explores the intersection of science, culture, and politics: from sensory deprivation tanks and the KUBARK manual to cephalopod consciousness and climate change. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, the New Republic, Tin House, Lapham’s Quarterly, London Review of Books, Scientific American, and Science. You can find her online at meehancrist.com or on Twitter @meehancrist.