Sometimes art is the best way to shine a lens on how our culture may be changing for better … or worse, as is the case with a hypothetical near-future product called the “NuturePod” created by artist and experimental futurist Stuart Candy. The installation on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium envisions a “programmable para-parenting pod” that offers automated parenting care for your infant at the touch of a button. It’s a tantalizing and scary vision of what the future might look like where parents of the future turn to automation and robots for child rearing.

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