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865 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 16 years ago by kyry

Will robots ever be capable of carrying out surgical operations without human aid?


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16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 8/20/04 - 4:21:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
This reminds me of the movie I, Robot. Robots have no emotion. If a patient wished to die should the surgery go wrong and make them a veg, the robot would not understand.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 8/20/04 - 4:26:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, because surgical proceedures are an art as well as a science. Yes, certain things are cut-and-dry, but some things need creativity to complete the process.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 8/20/04 - 4:27:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Robots do not posess objectivity. They can only do what they are programmed to do.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 8/20/04 - 4:32:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, every patient is an individual; it would be impossible for a robot to detect abnormalities without some type of human assistance.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 8/20/04 - 4:32:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
If they EVER will be able to do stuff like that?!
Sure! Artificial Intelligence already exists (although not as evolved as is needed for surgeries), and in the future (near or distant, your pick) they will certainly be able to properly cut into people.. ;)
(not that I would trust it though)
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 8/20/04 - 5:25:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I donno, But I wouldnt trust a robot to do surgery on me.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 8/20/04 - 5:34:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think everyone here has a very good perspective on just how long a period the word "ever" implies.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 8/20/04 - 5:37:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ever means quite awhile.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 8/20/04 - 5:39:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
Indeed it does
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 8/20/04 - 6:18:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I think that would be scary.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 10/4/04 - 11:13:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
yeah that would be scary
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 10/7/04 - 10:45:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Think about the past for a moment. Do you think people 500 years ago could ever imagine the world could be like it is now? That why I feel very few things are impossible.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 1/15/05 - 5:11:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes. but that doesn't mean that i'd want them to...
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 1/15/05 - 5:33:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think that could be one of the potential benefits of robots in the future.
16 yrs ago - Tuesday 2/8/05 - 1:17:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. The amount of variables is so high from patient to patient that robots would have a hard time making the correct descions.
16 yrs ago - Tuesday 2/8/05 - 1:19:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Robots will never be able to do anything without aid from a human being.
16 yrs ago - Tuesday 2/8/05 - 1:23:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will probably allow for robot-surgeons in the future, but AI is itself scary. What would the logical conclusion to the question of how to make the world a better place be? Easy - lose humanity.

Food for thought...

15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 3/17/05 - 1:55:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes "ever" is a long time. For now I'd say No, definitely not, but I'm not ruling out the possibility. I don't believe society would ever allow for a human to be put in the care of a robot at least without a human "operator" present at the time of surgery. As far as minor repairs (doctor's offices) goes, maybe the nearer future. Who knows what the future may hold?
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 4/27/05 - 10:28:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thatde be scary, I hope not
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 6/7/05 - 6:21:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think they will...pretty soon 2..because they get machines to do everything eles.....so why not this?? but of course i think it will need to have some human involvement...
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 12/31/07 - 6:41:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
That would be very risky. It would take a lot to perfect.
13 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 1/6/08 - 7:04:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ever? Sure. I might trust a machine more than I would a person.
13 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 1/6/08 - 10:49:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
No because no matter what humans are the ones programming the robots.
13 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 1/8/08 - 2:00:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/6/2008 10:49:02 PM Cryndigo wrote:
No because no matter what humans are the ones programming the robots.

True to a point (we may one day design computers capable of designing their own computers/robots, conceivably in ways we couldn't achieve ourselves).

But nevertheless, the question's really asking if a robot will one day be able to carry out the surgical procedure completely on its own - that is, without a human directly controlling it or needing to assist it.




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