The Longest Shortest Time

EPISODE #201: Artificial Wombs, Space Babies and Robot Nurses… Oh My!

When you think about a futurist, you might imagine a man in a black turtleneck giving a TED Talk. He’d tell you all about a future with self-driving cars, bottles of beige Soylent, and rich people visiting the moon for fun.

Um, boring!

The future we want to live in is more fun, equitable and interesting. It’s the one imagined by futures critic Rose Eveleth from the podcast Flash Forward. In each episode, Rose takes on a possible (or not so possible) future scenario — everything from the existence of artificial wombs to what would happen if we left senior care up to robots.

Tune in to hear Rose imagine what the future of family might look like in 30 years. Plus, a lot of tangents about space sex and robot sex… because, why not?

Flash Forward Art by Matt Lubchansky

Every episode of Rose’s show imagines a hypothetical future, like one where babies are gestated in an artificial womb. Illustration by Matt Lubchansky

If you loved today’s episode, you’ll also love Rose’s show Flash Forward. Here are the episodes we discussed on LST:

– What to Expect When You’re Expecting in Space: Why the first space pregnancy might be further away than you’d think

– The Grey Dawn: About the future of senior care

– A Womb Away from Home: A future where humans have invented artificial wombs

Click the links above for more research and information on each subject.