Thanks to their speed, accuracy and tireless nature, robots are steadily changing manufacturing processes – particularly when they are assembling a car which requires both precision and heavy lifting. It’s these attributes that make them a strong choice for performing surgeries where they can reduce human error through fatigue or imprecision.
These abilities are the reason that robots are increasingly being used in a variety of medical applications. Surgical robots, such as the da Vinci, can perform many difficult and complicated procedures that require exact skill on the surgeon’s part. Acting as replacement hands for a human surgeon, da Vinci delicately navigates its arms as the surgeon controls it from a nearby computer terminal. As a result of mechanical precision, surgical incisions have become smaller, with less pain during recovery.
While there are still many technological, security, and ethical issues to address, it’s likely that artificial intelligence will someday be a key feature in surgical robotics. With advanced algorithms and access to vast amounts of data, surgical robots may one day plan and perform entire operations with little or no intervention from their human counterparts.