It was recently reported that a robot was able to perform a keyhole surgery without any human intervention.
Indeed, the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (Star), which is a vision-guided system designed to suture soft tissue, carried out the laparoscopic surgery on a pig successfully and was able to reach a high level of precision. This marks the first time a robot performed this kind of surgery with no human help.
This shows that it is then possible to automate some of the most intricate tasks in surgery, all the while getting better results than humans performing the same procedure. The new features on the robot can improve surgical precision as well as provide more accurate visualization of the surgical field. The robot can also adjust the surgical plan in real-time.
Hence, this is a significant step in robotics towards fully automated operations on humans.