The co-founder of the Ethereum blockchain network, Vitálik Buterin, caused controversy on social networks by pointing out that the use of synthetic wombs can be an alternative to reduce the gender economic-labor gap.
Vitálik proposed this after another questionable technologist, Elon Musk, expressed concern about falling birth rates.
The position of the co-founder of Ethereum, shared on Twitter, was echoed by ridicule and also criticism from feminist theory and the positions that advocate migrating towards a development that does not measure success in economic parameters.
Disparities in economic success between men and women are far larger once marriage+children enter the picture. Synthetic wombs would remove the high burden of pregnancy, significantly reducing the inequality.https://t.co/Zpin8tTlR6
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) January 18, 2022
According to Vitalik, using synthetic wombs for human birth “would eliminate the high burden of pregnancy, significantly reducing inequality” in wages and employment between men and women. The technologist based his suggestion on a graph shared by the portal vox, which shows the wage impact between men and women at the time of having children.
Could it be that those who take this graph as the normality have an obtuse mind? Disseminate this kind of information is not the way to contribute to closing the gender gap that you are mentioning!
— Marta Cruz (@marta_cruz) January 20, 2022
Could it be that those who see that graph as normal have an obtuse mind? Disseminating that information is not the way to close the gender gap,” replied Marta Cruz, co-founder of a seed capital fund.
I think your synthetic brain implants have gone wrong, pregnancy was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life, connecting me to the earth energy like nothing else, why would I give that up for anything, you need to look at your connection to the natural world guys
— CryptoWitch (@Lizzibau) January 18, 2022
Vitálik’s proposal also drew criticism from a woman identified as Lizzibau, who describes herself as a cryptocurrency enthusiast. “I think your synthetic brain implants are failing; Getting pregnant was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life, it connected me to the energy of the Earth like nothing else, why would I give that up? You should check your connection to the real world.”
So the ultimate goal in humanity is to have a rise in income? Not for return to only needed 32-40 hour work week so we can spend less time being economic slaves to our financials ties due to hyper inflation.
Let’s make synthetic wombs so women can also work 80 hours a week 🤡
— Tim Sherman (@TimJSherman) January 19, 2022
Another user flatly criticized him that his logic is exclusively economic, and that for this, he thinks of inhuman “solutions”. “So the ultimate goal of humanity is to generate more financial wealth? Not to mention going back to 32-40 hour workweeks so we can spend less time as economic slaves tied to a financial system that causes hyperinflation. Better let’s make synthetic wombs so that women can also work 80 hours a week. Clown”.
Dozens, if not hundreds of experts have proposed most feasible solutions, and above all, desirable to reduce the wage gap between men and women. Several of the proposals agree that the first step is to promote educational parity.