There is much debate as to whether certain jobs should be handed over to artificial intelligences or remain to be carried out by a human workforce. Human error plays a huge role in why most industries choose to replace employees with machines. Researchers from the University of Utah are helping to minimize these risks with a new robot that can complete complicated procedures up to 50 times quicker than its human counterparts.
The robot can reduce the time it takes to drill into the skull from two hours to two-and-a-half minutes.
The robot is guided around vulnerable areas of the skull by data gleaned from CT scans and entered into the robot’s programming.
The CT scans show the programmer the location of nerves or veins that the bot will have to avoid.
Not only is the machine less prone to erring, it is also cutting surgery costs, as shorter surgeries are cheaper. While robotic surgeons are mostly prototypes, the day they become the norm doesn’t seem too far off.