Why An Autonomous Robot Won’t Replace Your Surgeon Anytime Soon

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Why An Autonomous Robot Won’t Replace Your Surgeon Anytime Soon

EARLIER THIS YEAR, robots withdrew in defeat from the hospital.

Johnson & Johnson had been trying—operative word, trying—to sell a robot that can put patients to sleep for simple procedures like colonoscopies. Who did not like this? Human anesthesiologists, of course, whose jobs would be on the line. Professional groups lobbied hard against the device, questioning its safety. Even after the Food and Drug Administration approved the device, hospitals were wary. In March, Johnson & Johnson quietly stopped selling its anesthesiology robot.

But the robots are coming—they’re just not coming for any doctors’ jobs yet.

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