“A bot stitched up a pig’s small intestines using its own vision, tools, and intelligence.”

Robotic surgeon as good, if not better, than a human

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Mon, May 9th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

IEEE Spectrum showcases the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR), a robotic system capable of performing surgery on soft tissue using "its own vision, tools, and intelligence." The technology is not intended to replace humans from the operating room, but to function under "supervised autonomy".

The researchers don’t think these assists invalidate their claim of autonomy; instead they see the setup as representative of shared control setups that would be appropriate for real ORs. Human surgeons could supervise procedures or even trade off tasks with the robot, letting the machine do more routine or tedious parts of an operation. “You can imagine that if something critical is happening, that would be a point where the surgeon is going to be closely monitoring the robot,” Decker said. “I’m sure they wouldn’t feel comfortable just letting it run and going to take a coffee break.”

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