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Robot Surgeons are the Future of Medicine

January 26, 2020

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. Ok so, 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. Which leads me to a question for all of you
out there. Lets say that you have to have a dangerous surgical procedure. Which would you choose? The best human surgeon
alive today? Or the best robot surgeon from fifty years in the future? Let us know what your decision is and explain
why in the comments below. And if you enjoyed this video, make sure you
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  • Reply Anish Josh March 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm

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

  • Reply Peter Kazavis March 29, 2016 at 4:30 am

    What exactly are we going to do in the future?

  • Reply Stefan Thiesen April 26, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    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… :-).

  • Reply sam bourke June 4, 2016 at 9:37 am

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

  • Reply Royal Tee June 11, 2016 at 8:31 am

    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…

  • Reply the one febo10 July 17, 2016 at 1:39 am

    ice pirate ? really

  • Reply the one febo10 July 17, 2016 at 1:40 am

    but cool

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  • Reply Kuti Imre August 6, 2016 at 5:28 am

    There is no contest here.The robot should be better, but I'd take the human.
    1) The robot from the future doesn't exist yet, so it can't preform a surgery.
    2) 50 years from now is the end of oil, extrapolating from the current tendencies, that era post-apocalyptic; maybe we wont even have robots anymore.

  • Reply thesnare100 September 25, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I'd take a human surgeon- for now, that is. It's just going to take a lot more research and development to make the robot do it as good or better human surgeons. Eventually, yes I'd want a robot surgeon they won't make any mistakes, etc, just I don't know if 50 years is enough to make one that is good enough/how they'll be then. I think there was a time people didn't trust a computer to do calculations, now we totally trust our spreadsheets rather than a human computer (computer meaning a person who does math in this case) the brain may work faster than a computer, but it's not as accurate and more error-prone. Another thing is what if the robot breaks down/files get corrupt, a circuit blows in the middle of the surgery, you'd need another robot to take over for the rest of it.

  • Reply Alt Cunningham September 30, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    fifty years because maybe there will be nano robotic surgeons which we can swallow and they do surgery

  • Reply Harambe the Silverback October 28, 2016 at 3:21 am

    I'm always here

  • Reply StJohns River66 November 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    HA! those are screwing people up! …robo surgeon is a fail..

  • Reply Cung Vo November 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I just had liver robotic surgery on Nov. 10, 2016 at Kaiser Permenente, it's a amazing machine I can't believe, less pain and 5 cuts are small

  • Reply I Am Not A Robot December 3, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Robo – Software Engineer and that's all folks !!!

  • Reply Eight Virtues January 13, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Robots rule, humans drool (and have bad days where they leave a fucking instrument sewed up inside you). I, for one…

  • Reply fast learner January 24, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Robots can't replace Surgeons…Why..bcoz surgery is not a pure science where things have to be done some particular way..every Human Surgeon learn through experience and perform surgery in their unique way

  • Reply Papa Triggatonii February 20, 2017 at 6:29 am

    What if the top of the line ones come out in 51 years and there's only plastic prototypes in 50

  • Reply Joseph Stokes February 25, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Dude! Way, way too much face time and not enough of the procedures and items about which you are babbling.

  • Reply Ari Riyadh March 23, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    The future robotic surgeon would of course be the best option, the reason being is that robotic surgeon wouldn't even exist if it didn't benefit patients.

  • Reply 빈츠 March 27, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    If everyone prefers robotic surgeons, what would it happen to any human surgeons in the future? would there be no 'surgeon' job any more? I guess the biomedical engineers are going to flourish over surgeons if the surgical robots are widely spread and everyone could easily and cheaply use it. Nice channel. I just found this channel, what an interesting channel !

  • Reply Novem Ber March 29, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Independent robotic surgery won't be a standard of care for at least another 200 years.

    Robotic assisted surgery however for MAS is the future for GI, Urological and ObGyn surgery. Surgeons aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Not for the next 200 years.

  • Reply Tooktoomuchmolly March 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Good to have your appendix remove but car accidents major O.R/gun shots the cost of these magnificent robots don't not contribute well round

  • Reply Trent Iuni April 1, 2017 at 4:40 am

    human. robots are not great at improvisation and dealing with complications.

  • Reply fordfiveohh April 16, 2017 at 1:26 am

    I'll take the robotic surgeon hands down . I have worked in automation for six years and have built some. Once the automation is nailed down , it's absolutely correct every single time … even when you're tired …

  • Reply sakina abbas April 29, 2017 at 8:45 am

    best human surgeon coz a human mind is more diverse in decisions then machines

  • Reply bahria kay namoony May 18, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    guys the human eye can detect those things which robot cannot
    lets take an example ,,,who will take responsibility that robot will not cut your artery or damage nerves or give anasthesia at proper place

  • Reply Dexter Dex June 24, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    human surgeon, because in human we trust.

  • Reply YaBoiLucas July 8, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Robot surgeon it's 50 years

  • Reply Vishwas T July 15, 2017 at 3:39 am

    oh god everyone wants robotic surgeon, but the nobody is thinking of disadvantage, suddenly if there s complication in a surgery, what robotic will do, it'll be programmed to certain steps of surgery, will do only that much, if there's a doctor operating the robot he can convert it into open surgery and take care of complications like torrential bleeding, injury to vital to organs ! only machines are becoming smart and people are becoming dumb !

  • Reply Kristy July 27, 2017 at 8:13 am

    You tech-happy bubbleheads do realize that if robots start to take over high-income jobs as well as middle-class jobs, welfare is gonna lose all of its restrictions until we become communists right?

  • Reply manoranjanable July 31, 2017 at 1:26 am

    AI surgeon is definitely a future. AI can help human in different way. If research succeeds future surgery will be less invasive and more precise. If I have to choose AI surgeon from 50 years from now vs best human surgeon of today. I would definitely go with AI surgeon. Technology is changing rapidly and it definitely will be error-free than human surgeon. As AI can analyze and interpret wide range of data within fraction of second which will improve the healthcare of future.

  • Reply Joe Trosclair August 8, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Robot. No emotional concern. No error because of bad sleep or divorce , etc.
    Procedure. Machines are much better at that than humans.

  • Reply Ariana Lipson August 13, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    My dad is a robotic surgeon

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  • Reply Calli Menz September 11, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Plz if u are ask question that, robot and human surgery which one would u prefer,

  • Reply LANDSHARK 21 September 23, 2017 at 4:55 am

    50 years the robot can look athrough what needs to be cut stich and burn and a vary good doctor will take longer to get a hold of and a lot of money

  • Reply Solenya. Pickle man Ur gay if ur reading this September 23, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I need a robotic asian that can give me awesome handjobs on demand. No complaining.

  • Reply Nicholas Rangel November 14, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Best current human. While it would be cool to have a robot do your surgery, I feel like I can trust humans more.

  • Reply Courtney Philbrook December 2, 2017 at 5:31 am

    I would go with human. The robotics world is pretty amazing but there are some concerns that I have. Things like no universal protocol for how to document if it is successful or not. What is considered successful or not successful surgery? Does the standards change from DR to DR? Is it successful if you have been able to complete the surgery but when in recovery the patient has internal bleeding? When a robotic arm doesn't work properly or say is breaks then what? Many things still need to be fully investigated before the world goes crazy on this idea. Universal protocol for errors, documentation, training are some areas that need work. I am writing a research paper on this topic and there is so much that has not been answered. Another things that I wonder is. With all the money the big wigs will be able to save from cutting employment costs, will they lower the costs of services? Will this just be another way to divide the rich from the poor?

  • Reply Max Stein December 6, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I would definitely prefer the best robot surgeon in 50 years because it's a lot more accurate and better.

  • Reply Diane December 21, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Now where going to have robotic virus and illness bipolar robots schizophrenic robots

  • Reply devonike January 2, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    I would prefer both

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  • Reply Kalle Klæp January 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I'd prefer the robotic surgeon. It eleminates the human error factor.

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  • Reply diamond glitter January 29, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I think robots have more emotions than humans

  • Reply jeff man February 7, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    The robot may glitch my organs out.

  • Reply Konrad Solarewicz February 12, 2018 at 5:05 am

    50 years from now? – I probably won't even be around 50 years from now! The fact that you throw such a far in the future figure only reveals your own lack of trust in robots.

    I will answer for a surgery robot vs a human surgeon 15 years from now:

    For standard well established procedures, I would trust a robot (repetition + few variables is good for robots).
    For unusual, uncommon procedures which requite planning and procedure, I still would prefer a human doctor with experience.

  • Reply Faizal 1234 February 19, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    My surgeons robots almost one year i buy only using for me .world multibilion and your king(TUN NIk

  • Reply Emmanuel Numafo February 27, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Hmm still human best surgeon and possibly robot assisted the point is that power issues is a factor when ever we are to consider machine learning and IA. The best approach to this is bio chip approach in embedded into our doctors..This is another level in knowledge management again no machine be so perfect in analysis compared to human reason power ..I still wait to see a machine which is best in analysis than the human reasoning capability as robo doctor

  • Reply Carolina Rosa February 27, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you for the good quality content. Simple enough for normal people to understand. I am doing a paper on Robotics in the Health System.
    I would personally prefer the best robot in 50 years. I know a lot of doctors who don't care at all about scarring and have no care for your appearance. I like how robots make a much smaller incision and do not put us under great risk of infection.

  • Reply Gabriela Ulloa March 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    i would prefer the man

  • Reply Blaine Bauman March 2, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I want a surgeon

  • Reply HazuRavenlair March 11, 2018 at 2:57 am

    if it were a robot like the Da Vinci series, where it takes both humans and robots… yeah, I'd choose a 50-years-in-the-future robot

  • Reply Ömer Eren Yılmaz March 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    If we think a robot dealing with surgery, can't it just get bugged and accidentaly kill a person?

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  • Reply Tavis Hannah 1 March 20, 2018 at 1:41 am

    The Best Surgeon for me please

  • Reply david,r. massey March 21, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Someone is already trying robotic surgery using "Graphene" or Nanotubes to form a super strenght porous superstructure of ridgit carbon as a base collection point for the bodys own cells to fill in for a more perfect hip. Of course carbon won't interfear or cause reactions as we are made of carbon and water already anyway!

  • Reply Jacob Wellington March 27, 2018 at 2:41 am

    best human surgeon. Couple fried resistors and that robot ends up gouging my eyes out because its CPU thought 1.3v was 4.5v

  • Reply ScienceWorld April 10, 2018 at 2:34 am

    I don't see the future having a robot surgeon. The human interaction is very important.

  • Reply HJ April 30, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Nooo! I don’t want robots taking my dream job!!

  • Reply Parmar Imtiyaz June 22, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Don't forget human has created robot

  • Reply xtian170174 July 13, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I would prefer nano-surgeons, once they're in there the vessel is bolstered against all detrimental effects, the healing, regeneration and detoxification of the body until perfect health would be assured and it would be as life-changing as it's polar opposite is to a person debilitated through illness, amputation, paralysis, etc….

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  • Reply disability.2677 Pickett August 3, 2018 at 8:39 am

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  • Reply Arunava chakraborty August 19, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Lol the surgeons right there .just he using robot machine😑😑he is controlling the robot by his it's a robot?😑😑doctor used machine before to robot

  • Reply MEENAZ SAYYED August 19, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    what about doctor, future there is employment for doctors

  • Reply omar 1234 August 22, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Surgeon because there is something called doctor patient relationship that is built on trust .
    If I trust my surgeon both humanly and technically I feel safe
    But how could I trust a cold machine with no thinking nor flexibility made purely for material benefits and can have technical issus
    I'll stick to the warm hands of a surgeon thanks

  • Reply B LO September 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    As far as I know, this system is not completely autonomous as doctor having a full control over it. In the future, it might upgrade its feature to completely autonomous but still it cannot do anything without instruction given by software developer. So Robot is always under controlled and cannot replace human.

  • Reply Eran Jones September 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Your YouTube video is shit and tells nothing and doesn't even show this monsterous machine!. YouTube should take this crap video off

  • Reply Kozmonost Türk September 13, 2018 at 9:55 am

    GOD bless doctor's🌍

  • Reply NV Medicine & Gaming October 1, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    This is so wrong and it will never be possible. You can program a robot to do certain tasks that don't have any influence from external factors. But operating a corpse of a human, only another human can do that because there are a lot of things that can vary depending on the corpse.

  • Reply uday kadam October 17, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Robot any day…..
    I know some medical students, that's why.

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  • Reply Safa Kurşun November 7, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Surgery as a science, as like all other scientific areas, can’t leave alone without human scientists. Robots will perform great routines in surgery, help surgeons to perform operation, manage the patient, long term screening and more. But all over them medicine is a science and always need people to study. You just can’t say let’s get appendectomy, it is not that simple at all. Medicine, engineering, law, science, finance and all other industries and areas are changing and developing rapidly. There will be not robot surgeon/ robot engineer / robot teacher / robot politician etc.

  • Reply رزان . Razaan Ali November 15, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    robots are soo much great but then my dream job will stay just a dream for ever 🙁

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  • Reply Filippos Tsironis February 5, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    If the robot was guaranteed to never make a mistake, sure, a robot surgeon in 50 years.

  • Reply Klab February 10, 2019 at 1:05 am

    So breast implants without any scars? Thats scary

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  • Reply Alessandro M. Lupacchini April 4, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Doctors are too powerful, even if the technology was there there would be way too much resistence before it could replace them

  • Reply Atomix May 13, 2019 at 9:46 am

    And people say that robots will only replace workers on fabric… They will replace everybody! Workers, doctors, engineers and many other.

  • Reply Steve Alexander July 15, 2019 at 2:30 am

    LOL – robots will certainly be the pre-eminant surgeons, but I hope & expect that surgery will be far less important aspect of medicine in the future. More prevention, less repair. So NOT the future of medicine at all.

  • Reply Steve Alexander July 15, 2019 at 2:30 am

    LOL – robots will certainly be the pre-eminant surgeons, but I hope & expect that surgery will be far less important aspect of medicine in the future. More prevention, less repair. So NOT the future of medicine at all.

  • Reply Javier Bustamante September 7, 2019 at 8:59 am

    This is totally a joke
    Robots do not belong in the hospitals.

  • Reply Benny Silin September 12, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    These could also be made to deliberately kill someone and they could make it look like a malfunction.Maybe implant stuff so you die later etc.They could target people based on they're medical files or whatever chips people will have implanted in the future.

  • Reply Bryan Max September 15, 2019 at 12:19 am

    I don't know I kinda like the idea of a robot giving me a prostate exam. Don't like the awkward situation you have with your doctor after he or she sticks their finger up your ass with no gloves

  • Reply Leroy Meeuwissen September 22, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I choose the best dokter as the Assistant of the robot. Just for Good measure

  • Reply Melanie September 24, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I pray I never have to have surgery. I do not like this at all.

  • Reply Leong Wei Yin September 29, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Use robot

  • Reply Pickles pie October 21, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    I would perform it myself yo baby mama ooooo baby my kneecap be iced out yea

  • Reply عربي أنا November 22, 2019 at 2:47 am

    that my dream

  • Reply aasif mohd December 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    I just think Engineering and robotics is better but it has made humans in general more weak , we could have invest our time and knowledge to make humans better well everything is governed by money and domination humans will ask for a paycheck robots will not atleast in their starting phase

  • Reply Motorcycle is Life December 20, 2019 at 6:51 am

    My guess is the elites government have had this technology for awhile and only now are releasing this to the public.

  • Reply Gavin December 22, 2019 at 1:38 am

    I really hope this doesn’t happen

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