what are the ethics on eating your experimental subjects?
AI-trained autonomous robots have helped surgeons perform heart surgery on live pigs, according to research published in Science Robotics. A team of researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital in USA, Université de Strasbourg in France, and Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan, have built a robot to perform heart surgery …
> No pigs were harmed
> The robotic catheter managed to navigate to the right position 79 times out of the 83 trials carried on five pigs
In the 4 that failed, what was the clinical outcome?
Very interesting, though, and I'm sure a fleshy human would find it hard to have that success rate on a beating heart
I was more wondering how it is compatible with the statement "They introduced weaknesses into the five porky patients' hearts,". Perhaps stabbing the pigs in the heart* happened before the operation - but that surely is worse than doing it whilst under aneasthetic.
Corresponding numbers for a human surgeon would be interesting.
I'm assuming in the other 4 cases the robot reached some sort of dead end and the human took over?
* OK I'm sure they'd try putting it in a more medical way and perhaps it wasn't quite literally like that..
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