Medical Robotics

Fly-sized robots aimed at surgery

Posted 15 Feb 2003 at 04:31 UTC by Rog-a-matic Share This

The Independent has an article talking about the soon appearance of ity-bit bots that might be useful in surgery. They mention a time frame as close as 2 years which is probably optimistic. Frankly, the possibilities of these little future-bots concerns me. It's like being able to make a machine invisible which opens the door for abuses. Hopefully, the good will far outweigh the bad, but I'm afraid human nature is not on our side when it comes to abuses of technology.


Your concerns aren't unfounded.. , posted 15 Feb 2003 at 16:00 UTC by Jhoffa_ » (Journeyer)

    ..but I'm afraid human nature is not on our side when it comes to abuses of technology.

Engineers (of any stripe) always reminded me of the old line about doing something "just because I can..."

These engineers seem to be followed closely by individuals interested in new technology, who would finish the sentence with: "...use it to make your life miserable"

(I always imagined them reading Orwell's 1984 and thinking: "OH, COOL!")

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