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Automation, driver less cars and robotic surgeons what do you think?

The first rule of automation is, does what you are doing require automation? I ask that question often when I consider technology issues. That said, several things are adding automation that may not quite be ready. So let’s play ready or not. I will post a bunch of poll questions about technologies that are currently or will soon be automated. You get to share your thoughts, should that be automation or not? It is a fun game we can all play on a Monday.

The technologies are listed below:

  • Driverless cars (with a driver still sitting in the driver’s seta)
  • Driverless cars with no driver in the driver’s seat.
  • Remote surgery performed by a doctor far away from you.
  • Full robotic surgery

Let me expand these to make sure everyone understand what each one means:

A driverless car means that the car and the AI does the driving. The two options are with a human sitting in the driver’s seat but not during, able to take over or no human.

Fully robotic surgery means that a robot performs the entire surgery, no humans involved.

Remote assisted surgery means a human operates a robot, remotely, that performs the surgery.

I am always interested in what people think about automation. I can argue both sites of automated driving. The single largest accident type in the world is rear-ending another car. More than 57% of all the accidents in the world involve one car striking the rear of another car. Insurance rates are higher in areas where people drive more miles, around more traffic, because the likelihood is that you will have an accident (not your fault) for every 250,000 miles driven. The other side is that the AI may choose six people on the road injured versus the one person riding in the AI-driven car. Both sides are valid, and both sides have excellent points.

The remote surgery is interesting. A doctor who is extremely skilled at an operation has a greater success rate for the surgery. I do not have numbers for this, but it is something you can find on the internet. I know that the move from Scalpel based surgery to arthroscopic surgery where possible reduced recovery time, the impact of surgery, and capabilities of surgical procedures. ACL and MCL tears (ligaments in your knees) used to derail professional sports careers; With the new method, athletes can recover in less than 12 months.

Enough of me talking – it is your turn – enjoy the poll!!!!

  • Question of

    Driverless cars with no driver in the seat

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Driverless cars with a driver still in the drivers seat.

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Remote surgery preformed by a doctor far away

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Fully Robotic surgery

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    i would want a human doctor in the room with me either way.

    • Yes
    • No


What do you think?

18 points

Written by DocAndersen

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    • interesting – even though they have driven more than 10 million miles and had a total of 3 accidents only one of which was potentially the driver less car’s fault?

      the average number of accidents is 150 per 1 million miles driven by humans.

      that would be 15000 accidents or more compared to 3…

    Yes (3 votes) – 33%
    No (6 votes) – 67%
    Yes (6 votes) – 67%
    No (3 votes) – 33%
    Yes (3 votes) – 33%
    No (6 votes) – 67%
    Yes (2 votes) – 20%
    No (8 votes) – 80%
    Yes (7 votes) – 78%
    No (2 votes) – 22%

  2. Doc, That was very interesting. I would want to add about the driverless car with on driver sitting there that they really adjust it so the car will do all the work and not veer off the road or stay too close to the car in front of them.

  3. As much as robots would be useful, I wouldn’t want to be operated by a ‘thing’ whether it’s remotely controlled or full automated. The touch of the hands of a human, the smile, the worry, the encouragement makes the difference than the same from a robot.
    While I don’t have an issue with a driverless car with no driver, I prefer a driver. Someone I can always stare at. I can stare at a robot but it won’t be much fun.

    • interesting points – what if a robotic/remote surgery meant you were going to have someone doing the surgery that had done it 500 times? That they knew every nuance of that surgery?

      The same for AI? what if we were in a world where there were no car accidents? The percentage of driver error collisions with cars is higher than people realize.

  4. All I can say Doc is that I am petrified in a car whether there is a driver or not… As for surgery, as an ex registered nurse, I think a surgeon has to do the surgery with his hands just because a robot or assisted one would not know what to do in case of complications. I realize the robot is not by his lonesome but still I would be scared to have my very own cataract surgery (coming on 31st of March) performed solely by a robot. I understand that the doctor does not use a scalpel anymore for this type ifof surgery but I still want him there in the room just in case there is a complication as he said there is a chance in 1000 it may happen…

  5. I would think that all human bodies are unique in their own ways.
    Sometimes what happen after you open (cut) is not going to be what you expected. What more unexpected events may happen.
    I guess surgery is still to complicated for robots.

  6. I would want driverless cars to have a driver and a surgeon assisted surgery. I don’t need a surgeon to sit by my side, I just need a human doctor making the decisions in the surgery based on the data provided by the system.

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