Your next surgery… performed by a Chinese robot doctor


If you'd have told this to a doctor even ten years ago they'd have either laughed or spat in your face, but a University in China has developed a robot that can set bones, operate on patients, and conduct medical research (we're not sure what that last one means, but if it can conduct other kinds of research we could really use it over here at Engadget HQ). The smaller version of the robot has already helped conduct 21 bone setting surgeries, apparently, with a 100% success rate; not bad, but forgive us if we're not entirely excited about the possibility of a segfault while our femur is being realigned. Still, it's not the first, nor will it be the last time a robot's going to cut open a human and meddle with the insides.

[Via Near Near Future]