The sex bot was pregnant. The parents, both human, opened champagne; the bot sat alone, wondering how her life had just changed.

As researchers from several different fields meet in New York tomorrow to discuss the effects of artificial wombs on society and culture at Convergence: Artificial Wombs, Laura Lis Scott raises a question they may not have even thought of yet.  Weaving together the concepts of sex bots, sentient robots, and artificial wombs, Scott asks could robots built with artificial wombs and nurturing programming act as surrogate mothers? And if they did, could they lead to sentient AI? // Alex Massey

//Laura Lis Scott writes contemporary fiction, science fiction, fantasy and non-fiction, edits fiction, and designs for print and digital. Often she can be found snarking @lauras.//