Medical Robotics


Wellcome Collection

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As we keep digging into the fast developing world of robotics, asking ourselves the whys and the hows of its ethical issues some of the main pillars of our society are already relying on the benefits of its technology.

Medicine and healthcare are without doubt two spheres that are blindly riding the current of technological inventions - namely because the advantages of such breakthroughs are urgent, and life saving at times, for which case we ask no questions. For instance, one of the most used forms of robotics today is the so-called ‘service robot’. It can help assist disabled patients, enhance therapies, and even perform surgery. Lowering the risk within complex surgical practice, robots within the operating room have already been pushing the boundaries of the field, enabling complicated surgeries to be conducted successfully. Eliminating the chances of human error.

The upsides of medical robotics are undoubtedly manyfold and undeniable. Yet, as we continue to learn, remaining vigilant to the changes such technologies generate before they surprise us with their potential downsides, is always a smart thing to do.

As in every other field, the possibility of robotics to gradually and eventually substitute human labour is becoming more real. And whilst on the one hand we would have to count for the consequences of having an increased number of jobs disappearing due to the increment of automated machines, the flip side opens doors to our reliance, at times of our very lives, on mechanical hands of cold-blooded machines.

In case your knowledge on medical robotics is close to zero but you find yourself with plenty of questions on the subject, our beloved Packed Lunch series organised by the Wellcome Collection has your questions covered (or attempted to). Computer Science expert Danail Stoyanov will be talking about his researches into developing less invasive surgery through the help of robotics.