STAR

Heaven forbid that you need to be operated. If you did would you rather that your friendly neighbourhood childhood friend the doctor did it or a robot? The answer might surprise you. The core expertise of a computer is its ability to perform in a completely emotionless manner, never get tired and execute to perfection. Of course, unless something goes wrong anyways. It therefore makes perfect sense to build machines that can perform complicated operations and build safeguards to prevent something going wrong.

The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot or STAR was created for this purpose by researchers in the United States. The STAR tracking system uses near infrared fluorescent markers to create a 3 Dimensional image of the body and uses algorithms to guide the machine to determine what it needs to do. The Robot was pitted against a human surgeon and tested on operations performed on pigs. The procedure involved both operating on and stitching the pig. The results were evaluated on several parameters and the robot was found to be effective in both. Since these are early days, the machine apparently takes longer but its only a function of time before that changes. Approximately sixty percent of the operation was performed with no human intervention and for the balance, the Doctors on call made very minor adjustment. Subsequently, the doctors were of the view that the robot could probably perform the balance forty percent too on its own.

If you thought it was only your car that was going driverless, think again. It is a function of time before you would happily trade your friend for a machine that is able to make nano level choices on where to operate and what to operate. With machines being capable of performing millions of precise operations without tiring, both the cost and effectiveness of operations will quickly make it affordable for everyone. You might even want to name yours Dr. Eliza after your friend who gave up his practice!