Posted by: robotnews | April 6, 2007

Reflecting Intelligence


For ages, the buzz word has been on abaout innovation, technology and the collaboration of these two to reflect intelligence in every walk of life. With IT software on one side and medicine on the other as the only 2 way streamlining processes that the student community flocks to, what is the one commonality that can still bridge the gap?, I wonder.

I have the answer right here: Medical Robots, their invention and continued contribution.

The first ever ‘heart bypass surgery’ was performed by 2-ft.-long robotic hands at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus. The metallic limbs enter the patient’s body through the narrow gaps between the ribs, cutting holes no bigger than a nickel.

However, this robot, a Da Vinci model as they call it, made by Intuitive Surgical of Mountain View, Calif. does not have a mind of its own. It stays controlled by professional doctors who use a console that looks very similar to that of a video gaming board says Dr. Randall Wolf.

Now George Mylonas of Imperial College London has developed motion compensation software that should allow the robotic surgeon to compensate for the motion of the beating heart, and operate on the organ without stopping it first.

Robotic surgeons may seem like science fiction, but they have become a regular feature at operation theatres especially North America. Prostate cancer surgery is benefiting immensely from robotic surgeons, since the robots are more precise in nerve-sparing, allowing men to retain important functions of elimination control and sexual performance that can easily be lost when performed by a human surgeon.

In conclusion, to remove some biased opinions if there are, I wish to remind the people who read this blog that the brains behind each of the inventions are still human. However, it does a lot of good to put it all into one robot whose efficiency, speed, and output overdo the capability of the whole human race.

Call it artificial intelligence. Call it virtual human. Call it what you want. I call it evolution of a new kind.

Balasubramanian Prasanna
[U0405872]
u0405872@nus.edu.sg

References:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/

http://www.machinebrain.com/General_Robotics/Medical_Robots/

http://www.ai.mit.edu/research/abstracts/abstracts2000/medrobots.shtml

Picture Source:

http://www.whatsnextnetwork.com/

http://www.news.uns.purdue.edu

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Responses

  1. i strongly agree with your opinion. it is human brains that make this miracle. robots really help a lot in medical area, since they are more precise, and more stable as you said. i have seen such news before. in China, there are also such kind of robots helping with brain surgery.

    by U037157M Yi Jinzhou


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