Autonomous Robots Are Coming to the Operating Room

It is an interesting conceptual idea. Do we need autonomous robots in the first palce? Do they represent the “march of science” or just a far-fetched idea from bored executives sloshing in too much of VC money and making some “wild bets”? Does it really represent innovation?

There are debatable ideas, and I cannot understand the hoopla behind them. If there are going to be part of the solution to a well-rehearsed problem why not replace the problem instead? No one has a clear idea about the “innovation” and if I try to explain it any other which way, I doubt if I can avoid raising heckles.

Just another costly “innovation”

Automating mundane and repetitive tasks, such as suturing, could allow surgeons to focus on more critical and complex parts of operations and minimize the mental and physical fatigue associated with hourslong procedures. The U.S. has a worsening shortage of surgeons, with an expected shortfall of as many as 28,700 by 2033, up from a projected shortage of up to 5,600 this year, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The coronavirus pandemic also highlighted the need for robot help in operating rooms to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus for staff and patients.

Autonomous Robots Are Coming to the Operating Room – WSJ

We need to be clear about which way we need to spend our funds. Public health and accessibility are still major issues, even in the developed economies, and I am afraid that the universities are digging giant puddles from where they would cannot extricate themselves.