Robots Stake Their Claim in the Operating Room
So, what, besides pay, and prestige, is the difference between a surgeon, and an auto mechanic? Right, nothing, and the robots which replace both will likely charge you the same for similar services. Ok, the surgical robot will need additional cleaning, and sterilization, and its procedures will likely take a bit more time, after all screwing down a pipe clamp takes less time then stitching up the small intestine. So, what maybe double the price or perhaps triple for the surgery?
The upside? Fewer mistakes, faster, no need for rest, 24 hour service. The downside? No wonderful surgeons bedside manner! All those out of work surgeons trying to wash my car window at every stoplight?
A few years after this become common, mobile surgical robotic units will simply be dispatched to accidents and injuries to perform surgery prior to transportation, all for a fraction of the price of the surgery today. Cool!