Friday Poll: Would you go under the robotic knife?

A new study says robot surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is safe in the long term. Would you let a robot operate on you?

Steely surgeons

Would you let a robot operate on you?

da Vinci surgical system
Phil Jones/Medical College of Georgia

Robots operating on humans. It sounds like something out of "Star Wars" (where Luke was nursed back to health by 2-1B).

But it's here, and according to a study we wrote about this week , robot surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is safe in the long term and in fact may be more beneficial than traditional surgery. Granted, setups like the da Vinci robot surgical system still require the help of their human overlords, but that doesn't mean they're not a little bit creepy. Some things just take an exclusively human touch.

A robotic mechanic working on my car is OK. I'd let an automaton pick out my daily clothes and even dress me. And Japan might be onto something with its android caregivers for the elderly. But what do you, the readers of Crave, think about robot surgeons? Would you let a robot operate on you?

About the author

    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.

     

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