Computers already fly airplanes and direct trains. They can beat humans at the games of Go, chess, and Jeopardy! How long before they can make diagnoses and perform surgery?
The technical barriers are falling fast, experts say. Soon, it may only be a matter of preference that keeps human surgeons in charge. And orthopedics could among the first specialties to feel the change.
Orthopedic surgery lends itself to robotic surgery because the bones and soft tissue that orthopedic surgeons treat are relatively easy to image accurately.[1] Already, the specialty makes use of robots for multiple procedures.

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