Does the following progression/collection of technologies make sense on the way to an artificial womb? The central assumption to this question is that the female body is a delicate, complicated machine that produces a functional human being. And if a machine, then it can be duplicated.
These are in no particular order.
- Ultrasound fetal heartbeat monitor (already exists but included for completeness)
- Implantable blood chemistry monitor for mother
- Method for placental monitoring (non-invasive preferable)
- Cheap genome sequencing
- Big-Data analysis of blood chemistry monitor matched with genome sequencing
- Rapid transplantation of fetus from womb into an artificial womb. (Useful in the event of an accident or illness to the mother).
- Chemical duplication of mother's and baby's hormones.
- Creation of a viable artificial placenta
I realize that there's a ton of scientific research that will need to be done on all of these technologies/techniques before an artificial womb carries acceptably low risks to be used by the population at large. Please take a clinical perspective when answering. Discussion of cultural changes, or existence of the soul are not in scope.