Clearly, robots can do more than just serve as the medical errand boy. After gaining approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2000, robots have been used widely in the performance of surgeries that require additional precision. The robots aren’t autonomous, of course, there is a human mind, a surgeon controlling its actions from close by. The kind of surgery these robots are most widely used for is called minimally invasive surgery, where, instead of making large incisions, robotic arms are used to perform miniaturized cuts that are no more than a quarter-inch long. At its current stage, these robots aren’t completely sentient and cannot perform surgeries without human assistance. They do, however, make use of a certain amount of artificial intelligence to make the job easier for a human surgeon.

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