Robot Surgeons are the Future of Medicine

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DISCLAIMER: Surgical imagery depicted. Not for the easily squeamish! // Medical technology is getting weirder everyday — in a good way. Robotic surgery and computer-assisted medicine are already doing amazing things right now — just look at the da Vinci Surgical System! Are you ready to ditch the hospital and buy a robot surgeon for the home?

Let’s say you have to have a dangerous surgical procedure. Which would you choose? The best human surgeon alive today, or the best robot surgeon from 50 years in the future? Let us know your decision and why in the comments below!

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RoboCop, Robodog, Robo…doctor?

Alright, medical technology is getting weirder by the day. But I mean that in a good way. Take the iKnife for example. It’s a surgical knife that actually vaporizes tissue, and then analyzes the smoke that comes out so that a surgeon can know if she’s cutting into cancerous cells, or healthy margins. Or what about mechanical leeches? They pretty much do what medicinal leeches do, only with less chance of a bacterial infection and a lot less…writhing.

There’s only so much improvement you can do to a tool before you eventually have to turn your attention to the hand that holds that tool. And that’s where robotic surgery comes in. So do you remember the autonomous surgery pod in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus? How far away are we from something like that? Well, not as far away as you might think.

You see, robotic surgery and computer-assisted medicine are already doing amazing things right now. And the potential for what they could do in the future could change medicine forever! One of the most common surgical robots is the da Vinci line. Da Vinci is focused on translating a surgeon’s control movements into direct action upon a patient. So every time a human moves, the robot moves. Unless of course a T-Rex happens to be walking by, in which case the robot actually filters out any of those little hand tremors. So that way you get pure control. No error.

Another advantage of robot surgeons is the chance for telesurgery. So lets assume that you’re some sort of futuristic penguin research scientist and you’re on assignment off the coast of Antarctica, when suddenly you need an appendectomy. But your ship is completely trapped by ice and your ship’s surgeon has been, I don’t know, kidnapped by ice pirates or something. What do you do? Well essentially you Skype it in. A surgeon on the mainland sits down at a terminal and supervises robotically assisted telesurgery via satellite uplink.

Another advantage is minimally invasive procedures. Now see traditional open surgery can leave big scars, they can take a long time to heal, and there’s a lot of pain involved in recovery. But what if instead of making a four inch incision in your stomach, we were able to do the same procedure using instruments put through little half-inch holes. Now human doctors have been doing minimally invasive procedures for years, but honestly there’s only so much human hands can do through these tiny holes in your skin. But robotic precision means those incisions have gotten smaller and smaller over time. And if we continue through this miniaturization rabbit hole, who knows? Maybe one day there’ll be barely a notion of what an in-patient procedure is.

Now the future for robotic surgery is wide open. Just take a look at what people have created with the Raven line. This is an open-source robotic surgeon and, sure, it looks like a couple of mechanical spider arms, but the important thing here is research. You see it creates a common platform for people to do experiments which will determine the future of robotic surgery.

But beyond all that, instead of just talking about robotic assisted surgeries, lets talk about their full potential. We’re talking autonomous robot surgeons. With machine learning, a robot surgeon could potentially study all the information from successful procedures in the past and apply that to learn how to do those procedures in the future. And if they prove to be as good or better than human surgeons, maybe we wouldn’t even go to hospitals to have surgery. Instead if you expected to have a surgery, you might buy a robot surgeon for the home, or for the office, or for the spacecraft.


Royal Tee says:

I could totally see humans creating super intelligent robots that think for themselves and end up eradicating humans. People would be so distracted by the sheer possibilities that they'd be blinded to the dangers…

sam bourke says:

so a surgeon can know if "she's"?

Stefan Thiesen says:

Technically I'd opt for the robot surgeon – as long as I'm assured that he isn't part of a conspiracy of hyper-intelligent machines that want to get rid of humans… :-).

Peter Kazavis says:

What exactly are we going to do in the future?

anish josh says:

What is the name of the track played after robo doctor. …pls reply 

Noah Williams says:

An error-prone human vs a machine FROM THE FUTURE? Is there even any contest here? I'd take the robot in a heartbeat.

citisolo1 says:

I would take the best surgeon of today, because the best robot surgeon fifty years from now might not even exist

Pamela Duque says:

I love your channel and specially this video

Hala Oni says:

my dog is a surgeon :D

Dreamstarworld 1 says:

Does this video have free license use for a medical website? Please let me know! Thanks…

Eg Vu Young says:

We have to put into consideration the way we human surgeons operate on patients on the table. Robots may or may not detect if they caused an accidental cut that jeopardizes the patient's life. Sure, we sneeze, we have human errors, and we may not know everything that the robot surgeon knows, but in the end the human surgeon will always be adjusting to the patient's needs when necessary before, during, or after the surgery. Our sensitive hands and our abilities to choose the best options/judgements for our patients even in the toughest situations are what makes human surgeons irreplaceable. You think robots can adjust to all of this? I think not.

Tarun Katta says:

if robots replace humans then there will be no job for humans to work and how can they earn and live???????

Mansoor Najib says:

This guy is like a cheap vsauce 3

Fretless99 says:

Subscribed! I love your channel :)

Jean Neymar says:

His skull shines so much omg it hurts

ju Bel says:

the best robot 150 in the future

Dr. Bobby says:

So would that make these T.A.R.D.s?
T echnologicaly
A dvanced
R obot
D octor

vanessa saintvil says:

But how can humans make money and Robert

James Mooney says:

I would hope that in 50 years we as humans will have transcended our monetary systems into a Resource Based Economy as outlined by Jacque Fresco. Then there would be no need to choose as what today would be viewed as a life threatening surgery would be a quick autonomous procedure, free and effective. No more insurance companies or pharmaceutical companies treating human medicine as a conduit to profit.

Ryan Towey says:

humans will always be needed to make split second instinct decisions.

Indian Pigeon says:

Robot cool man it has no brain

Sanjog Sharma says:

So this is what will take away my bread and butter..

TheodoreBolha says:

I'll take the Robots for EVERYTHING! They will not be concerned with their bank accounts.

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