Would You Want A Robotic Surgeon Operating On You?

A Career As A Robotic Surgeon.

There are so many jobs that look like they now can easily and economically be replaced with a robot or artificial intelligence package of some kind. It is easy to see how autonomous vehicles will someday replace taxi, bus and train drivers. Airline pilots maybe are harder to visualize but I am biased as I fly a lot.

How about professionals like lawyers, accountants and doctors? ( notice how I skipped engineers as this hits too close to home.)

Let focus for now on doctors and even more specifically surgeons. A.I. programs are already being trained as diagnosticians for local and remote medical systems. Adding robots to a.i. programs gives the possibility of a true robotic surgeon. In fact Kuka who is a German industrial robot manufacturer ( recently acquired by Chinese appliance company Media ) is now focusing on developing robotic medical assist robots.

As a first step this is pretty exciting. It probably will not be long before robotic surgeons will be preferred over human ones as they do not need food, rest or stock options. Once mature these robot doctors will make fewer mistakes, ( maybe zero ?), which in countries like the U.S. means lower insurance premiums for hospitals. Check out Dr. Kuka!

The world’s first robotic component certified for integration into a medical product is from KUKA Robotics

This LBR Med lightweight robot has a versatile range of capabilities including:

  • ultrasound scanning,
  • needle biopsy,
  • suturing

Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the robot and see demonstrations including guiding the robot in an ultrasound application. Using the robot’s unique torque control features, they will be able to feel the force feedback on the phantom. As a robot manufacturer, KUKA provides the robotic technology to realize the potential of a high tech operating room.

Hand controls for surgeons during robotic assisted surgery

Hand controls for surgeons during robotic assisted surgery

Michael Otto, Vice President of the Healthcare & Advanced Robotics Division at KUKA Roboter GmbH:

The robotic assistance systems developed in cooperation with our medical product manufacturers make us the leading supplier of technology for customers in the medical technology sector. With our application developments, we aim to make a major contribution to patient safety and also meet the high requirements of medical technology.

Motion mimicking from the Kuka medical robot

Motion mimicking from the Kuka medical robot or future robotic surgeon.

So many accessories for a robotic surgeon.

Kuka medical robots can be integrated with the latest vision systems

Kuka medical robots can be integrated with the latest vision systems

Watch the system in action.

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Would You Want A Robotic Surgeon Operating On You?

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