In News-Medical, Sally Robertson reports:
"Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery for the removal of an entire kidney is associated with increased operating and greater cost than traditional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study from Stanford University."
Influential The Wall Street Journal has more to say on this.
The role of robots, be it in medicine or manufacturing, often takes the form of what's called "partial automation." Robots and humans work side-by-side.
For example, the largest car manufacturer in India Maruti Suzuki has 1,100 robots and 7,000 humans co-working. However, no one would predict it will be any of the robots which will receive the pink slip. But that could be a possibility.
Another reason robots could be fired is that the user experience (UX) is subpar. For instance, theoretically robots could replace humans in the personal-care industry.
Unlike human caregivers in nursing homes, they don't risk straining their backs lifting patients. Also, the incapacitated aren't kept waiting to be "walked" to the bathroom when there is a shortage of human help. They just summon the robot. However, the relationship between machine and man might not emotionally work for the patients.
The complete story of how robots perform on the job is just being written.
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