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Monday, April 11, 2005

Robotic Trauma Pod's & Larry Niven's AutoDocs

(Via MercuryNews), The US military is researching on a mobile "trauma pod'' in which injured soldiers are operated on by robotic arms under the control of surgeons who are far from the battlefield, although the we talking at least 10 or 15 years.

I'm aware of work done on "telesurgery" over the past years, and this seems to be aimed at making "telesurgery" more mobile, with even less (or no) human assistance. And, of course, it will eventual tickle down to civilian use.

This all brings to mind Larry Niven's "AutoDocs" featured in many Known Space stories, of which the novel "RingWorld" is best known. Once again bringing SciFi to Life...

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