Can Robots Change Surgeons?

Are you aware of the issue of getting replaced by machines in the surgery room? Are you familiar with the question of whether or not machines will take over surgeonship? It’s certainly an interesting issue to ponder.

The issue may be addressed in this way: that humans and machines can do different things well enough to compete with each other, but machines will never be as good as people, for reasons that don’t have anything to do with intelligence or heart or muscles. The machines will never match the surgeons in their natural habitat. If that’s true, it’s obviously true.

A short question for another time, but how much competition will there be between human surgeons and the machines? How much more will a machine cost than a human surgeon? In other words, what will the operating room look like when we’re all replaced by computers?

If you asked me a decade ago, I would have laughed at you and I would have told you there was no way to get a robotic surgeon onto the operating table. However, times have changed and we’re slowly changing our attitudes toward humans and machines.

Machines can often perform surgery better than people. These machines can even look better than humans! Just ask anyone who has had cosmetic surgery. Of course, these people will say they got the procedure done, but they also say that they were satisfied with the results because the procedure looks so much better than it did before.

Of course, surgical procedures have to be better in some ways if we want them to be as good as possible. The best way to do that is to use machines as many times as possible, and as many times as humans can perform the procedure, without giving them any risks to make the procedure less efficient. The same is true for any surgical procedure.

We know, of course, that machines are cheaper than human surgeons. We also know that the same cost of a machine may save a lot of money in terms of mistakes because of lack of experience.

The bigger issue with humans vs. machines will probably be the price of operations and the possibility of losing human life as a result of inadequate technology. Think about how expensive the costs of prostate cancer drugs used to be when only humans could be targeted.

Will our government allow it to happen again? And, how long will it take to build an artificial intelligence capable of doing everything humans do?

Should we have lower expectations for machines that can make real operations better than humans? What about brain surgeries? How long will it take for a computer to understand what it is to heal?

At some point we would find that all the machines could do all the operations that humans could. Would that be true? Will machines surpass the surgeons in surgeries someday?

Maybe we’d see surgery using robotics, but will that happen in our lifetime? Only time will tell.

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