Surgical robotics took a step forward today with the publishing of autonomous surgery results from Johns Hopkins in Science Translational Medicine. The authors present promising results using a Kuka robotic arm and a suturing tool to perform anastamosis under supervised autonomy. Our Cofounder Blake Hannaford provides perspective in this article from Geekwire.
Blake is no stranger to supervised autonomy, and we’ve pursued the idea as a means of dealing with the difficulties of time delay. For instance, if a ground-based operator can give high level guidance to a mouse dissection robot on the ISS, the robot can perform autonomously for discrete actions like cutting, grasping, and moving.
How would you feel if a surgeon told you that he’d sit back and let the robot do all the work?