By 2039, robots will have revolutionized medicine
FRANCE IN 2039 (4/5) – Technological advances will change the way doctors treat and surgeons operate. And will pave the way for more predictive and preventive medicine.
In Ridley Scott’s film Prometheus, the heroine self-programs a cesarean section: a robot with articulated arms sprays it with antiseptic, operates on it and clips staples to it, without any human intervention … Science fiction, but which reflects the questions about the future of a “medicine without a doctor” (1), where robots and artificial intelligence would replace humans.
Robots piloted by surgeons are already a reality on surgical sets. A pioneer and leader in the sector, the American Intuitive Surgical has already installed more than 4,800 of its Da Vinci robots worldwide, including 144 in France. With its four 360-degree articulated arms (one holding an endoscopic camera, the others instruments), Da Vinci allows the surgeon to gain precision and perform complex operations by generating as few sequelae as possible. The cost (2 million euros per unit, plus 150,000 euros of annual maintenance) remains the main obstacle to their plus…