Tuesday, July 27, 2010

And this is your surgeon, Dr. Mechanitron (robot takeover update)

19 comments:

Robert said...

Now what happens when something comes up that is not programmed into the software? Does the "artificial intelligence" have tha ability to get the robot to "think" on the fly? That is why it is so hard to become a surgeon (let alone one who is highly recommended) in the first place...at least it used to be. Kind of like pastoring...it takes the right gifts to shepherd the flock.

Merrilee Stevenson said...

Did anyone notice that the robot was performing surgery on an already dead thing? I'm no MD, but hey, I could be a robot surgeon too... I'm just sayin'--if they want to do robotic surgery on me after I'm dead, that's fine; but if I'm still ticking, I'd like the best human they can find for the job, please.

Halcyon said...

If an EMP blast hits, then this generation is doomed.

On the other hand, if all our doctors become robots, then maybe we could afford Obamacare.
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You know...because robots work for free.
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Since they're machines.
...Get it?

Yeah. I kill me, too.

Tom Chantry said...

Vern Poythress might say that he has some of the qualities of a surgeon, and therefore he is really the same thing!

Tom Chantry said...

But then, you knew I was going to do something like that in this thread, didn't you?

DJP said...

I would have been sad if you hadn't.

Yes: a buzzsaw is in many ways analogous to a scalpel. So it is valid to call it a "scalpel."

Robert said...

Or my upset stomach could be analogous to appendisitis...then Vern could use the buzzsaw on me to heal the pain. Yipee!

DJP said...

He could have a robot use a buzzsaw on a water balloon, which would be analogous to doing surgery on your stomach.

Or, he could have a 5yo say "Bless you," since that is analogous to the gift of healing.

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There're really no end to the possibilities, is there?

Robert said...

Sadly, that is where you wind up with this. Trying to stay on topic, the robot can be analagous to my pastor, right? So when robots do take over, no fears 8o)

DJP said...

Since a pastor is analogous to a surgeon, perhaps a mega-church hologram pastor could do the surgery with a tongue-depressor.

It's all pretty much analogous.

Chris H said...

It's all pretty much analogous.

I thought the point was that this thing was digital....


Whoo! Puns are fun!

DJP said...

Tsk. He that would pun would pick a pocket.

Zaphon said...

"Turkey is often used in medical research because its texture is similar to human flesh and it scans in a similar way during ultrasound."

My Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years dinners will be vegetarian from here on...Thanks DJP. :-)

Frank Turk said...

I saw that picture and I thought, "at least he's not a damned dirty ape."

DJP said...

(For readers who are under seventy-five.)

P.D. Nelson said...

Actually Dan I'm under 75 (52) and I got the reference perhaps you want to go a little lower say under forty?

As someone who makes his living in technology your robophobia is beginning to disturb me. Don't you realize that all robots have been Asimoved and have been rendered harmless?

Rita Martinez said...

I don't think that'll ever work out...when you're doing the physical exam and you have to palpate the patient's stomach or any other body part you actually need to feel it with your hand, that robot can't do that...or at least not accurate enough..there many more problems that come with mechanitron here...either way..that's just creepy any way

RealityCheck said...

What Dan doesn't realize is that half the "people" that come to his blog are actually robots. I'd say more but my battery needs recharging.

Rachael Starke said...

Did anyone notice that the robot was performing surgery on an already dead thing

Now, if that's not a metaphor for the average American church today, I don't know what is.