Chinese Researchers Are Building Something That Sounds Very Much Like the Matrix
I’m sure that most of us have probably seen the movie The Matrix. It really is a good movie. The sequels were not as good as the first one, but the first one was definitely a delight to watch.
There are several things that stand out in the movie and in this article, I’ll actually give an admission of my own of a belief that I once held that was similar to what you see in the Matrix so keep reading for that.
One thing that I want to highlight about the movie though is the scene(s) in which you see humans who were inside these artificial womb sort of things. They were these containers that were there to keep the humans alive for whatever reason those in charge needed them to be alive.
They were hooked up to many hoses, including hoses that went down their throats, likely to provide food and water to them.
Well, thanks to China, this is starting to look more like what we may be in store for as researchers have developed a robotic AI system that would actually care for babies that are grown inside of an artificial womb.
According to Independent,
Researchers at the Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology in China’s eastern Jiangsu province developed the robot to undertake the labour-intensive task of observing, documenting and manually adjusting the carbon dioxide, nutrition and other environmental inputs.
It is also able to rank embryos by their development potential, according to the South China Morning Post, who first reported on the device.
A research paper published in the Journal of Biomedical Engineering described how the robotic nanny has already been used to nurture animal embryos within an artificial womb environment.
“There are still many unsolved mysteries about the physiology of typical human embryonic development,” the paper stated, adding that the technology would “not only help 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.”
It sounds wild, right? Well, now let me tell you my admission of something else that is wild, like I promised.
When I was a teenager, I essentially held to a view that was very similar to the existence that was experienced in The Matrix. Not exact, but similar.
Inside the Matrix, the things around you didn’t really exist. You existed, or I should say that your conscience existed, but the other things were not real.
That’s basically the view I held. It’s called solipsism and it’s the idea that nothing exists except for you. You can’t really prove that anything exists outside of your own existence and therefore you’re the only thing that actually exists.
So that would mean that I’m not actually even writing this article for anyone because since I’m the only person who really exists, there is no one there to really read it.
It’s a silly view and thankfully I came to my senses many years ago, but it’s fun to think about.