Physicians and Surgeons

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Will "Physicians and Surgeons" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. However, our poll suggests a higher chance of automation: a 32% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

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Jim says
So much animosity toward surgeons, I wonder why? As a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon myself, I wonder how well would a robot distinguish between an artery, vein, tendon and nerve for example? How much pressure to apply on those screws? How to remove a stuck implant? When to stop a surgery in order to save the life of the patient? How will the robot decide when to remove an extremity or an organ to save life? How will the robot persuade a patient he/she needs/doesn't need a surgery?
Maybe some day it will be possible, but robots I've seen so far will have a hard time wiping someone's ass, let alone perform a surgery without a constant supervision. Would have been nice if such robots existed tho'
Jan 19, 2020 at 06:25 PM
Henry Goddard (Likely) says
Because robots can literally do this now and it will take away the human error
Dec 02, 2019 at 04:44 PM
Shahan Haseeb (No chance) says
There is a lot that is still unknown. We still don't have a cure for cancer, ALS and countless other diseases. We discover new and improved treatment regimens almost every day. If we stop training doctors or if we replace doctors with robots then innovation and breakthroughs will cease. And medicine as a field will stagnate.
Nov 06, 2019 at 04:13 PM
Stew (Highly likely) says
In Spain they are already undertaking robotic surgery.
Oct 02, 2019 at 07:55 PM
Twins says
I believe that they will be taken as robots are better in all possible ways
Sep 02, 2019 at 02:43 AM
Hansie Slim (No chance) says
the human aspect in medical practice is much too integrated and human related to be technological and electronic
Aug 20, 2019 at 08:26 AM
Kev (No chance) says
Very socially oriented job
Higher level cognitive skills and holistic approaches to care mean it is very difficult to totally replace job
Mundane tasks will certainly be automated however
Jun 09, 2019 at 07:24 AM
Doc says
I think, you are a physician, aren’t you?
Let me tell you, physicians can be easily replaced by Watson right now. Nurse can write symptoms on her own. Watson will provide diagnosis. So, where do we need physicians here? Right, to write prescriptions. Thus, the only obstacle here is the obsolete law that can be easily changed. It is how does capitalism work. Remember, money before patients ;)
Jun 16, 2019 at 12:35 PM
Jono says
I think this is an oversimplification. It is very challenging to sift through which symptoms are the relevant symptoms and weight them all properly. Watson can do certain things very well for example choosing first line treatment for cancer. However, the difficulty comes when patients are not describing symptoms in a classic way (which is the majority of the time). The art of medicine is distilling the words of a patient into a way which can be fit into an algorithmic box.
Jul 17, 2019 at 06:31 PM
Bo (Could go either way) says
Well, no. Watson failed. It couldn't even choose safe first-line treatments for cancer. Stop hyping shitty systems.
Oct 18, 2019 at 02:08 PM
J says
The system Watson uses is completely flawed. No articles have been published on its efficacy in the real world, I wonder why... Do a little research buddy
Jan 28, 2020 at 08:26 PM
Ruth Edmonds (Small chance) says
A lot of what we do is to follow algorithmic like guidelines, which could be automated, but to fully cover everything you have to have a low index of suspicion. Given investigation may be damaging to health and we sometimes need to think laterally I am not sure that AI can cope with that yet, or even new syndromes
Jun 07, 2019 at 08:49 PM
Dmi says
As an AI developer, I can tell you that robots have it. It is called anomal values detection. Ai is outperforming physicians already. Tbh, is much cheaper and much effective than most of physicians and surgeons. You have had a moment of glory. Now it is time to walk away.
Jun 16, 2019 at 12:39 PM
Noleon says
You're not an AI developer, you're just envious of physicians.
Aug 19, 2019 at 03:50 AM
bob (very unlikely) says
I am an AI specialist and to clarify things, AI and/or robots cannot comprehend the human mind. Also for a software developer, they haven't fully made AI grasp the intelligence humans have. Also, AVD can only be used to run diagnostics so yes I'm looking forward to seeing you try to make an AI soon now that can outsmart human beings soon because that is just impossible. You would need approximately a computer that could handle millions and millions of data that would fry a quantum computer. So good luck!!! Also, surgeons and physicians have the intelligence of human minds and AI is not outperforming them but helping them in their jobs. However, for those futuristic programmers, this percentage will soon be going up since tech is getting more and more advanced throughout the years.
Sep 08, 2019 at 05:00 PM
* says
We need the surgeons but if we can integrate more technology with them, they can do there job faster, help more people, be less stressed and over all make the experience of seeing the doctor better and less time consuming.
Oct 10, 2019 at 07:50 PM
chris (Likely) says
Robots have already been able to outperform surgeons in some surgeries based on quickness and precision and they will continue to improve.
Apr 17, 2019 at 08:20 PM
Coool says
Do you want a robot doing surgery on you Chris?
Apr 24, 2019 at 02:39 PM
I don't want to die
Apr 25, 2019 at 11:41 AM
Nicola says
People also do not want self driving Trucks too kill them and Experts say they will come anyway.

Where is the differences?
Jun 05, 2019 at 10:40 PM
Ben says
Self driving trucks will save lives. AI surgical staff will too.

If AI is better, or will be... Then it will be implemented. That's just the truth. Human beings have limits
Aug 25, 2019 at 04:04 PM
Nicola says
You also don’t want to get killed by a self driving Truck but experts say they will come anyway.

Why shouldn’t they replace at least surgeons when they’re good enough and kill less people then human surgeons?
Jun 06, 2019 at 03:00 PM
So true
Apr 25, 2019 at 11:40 AM

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