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Mar. 17th, 2006 | 10:37 am

As I was falling asleep last night after reading more of accelerando, I thought a bit about having a kid and wiring them up to a wearable computer--to see how they'd evolve to use it. That led me to remember my girlfriend's comments about occasionally being tempted to have kids (to try to do a better job than most of the parents she sees).

From there I started wondering about what'd be like to have kid(s). I've seen hints that current IVF technology can take DNA out of a male whose had an "unfortunate accident" and with some mad science use that to fertilize an egg. Since I'm M2F said technique would probably work on me as well. (I have a vague idea how to extend that so it might work on two people born female). Regardless this leads to two rather amusing scenes.

At the hospital trying to fill out the birth certificate: "Whose the father?", "She is.", "No really." "Really. You can do a paternity test if you'd like..."

Or the kid asks "Whose my daddy?", "Well when two mommies love each other very much, and one of them has access to a world class biology lab..."

(It is of course far too premature to say such events will happen, or are even likely to happen. However, I suspect that their probabilities have gone slightly non-zero.).
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ahh, A smile for my day

from: dilinger
date: Mar. 17th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)

Thanks Diane,


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from: geeki
date: Mar. 17th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)

At some point you should meet my non biological children.

They're pretty kick ass.

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i think the challenge now...

from: schizoform
date: Mar. 18th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)

'sall about the the artificial womb. this is, i think, the big stumbling block. though i have to admit vat-grown babies do seem kinda ... paranoia-ish.

but, on the other hand, i have a dim sense of how to market it to the current establishment: first we talk up how genes can be recombined between women, and how some lizards that are capable of parthenogenesis no longer bother making males, and how really males aren't necessary any longer to a functional society, and how in another decade or two NOW will be the dominant life-form on the planet... really, if the male gender is to have any hope of maintaining our strangehold on political and economic power, artificial womb research must commence immediately!

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