How Scientists Are Developing The Robot Doctors Of The Future | The emerging field of microrobotics has a medical aim: build microscopic bots that behave much like bacteria but can propel themselves through the bloodstream to perform surgery and deliver drugs in the most targeted way imaginable. [Future Medicine: http://futuristicnews.com/tag/future-medicine/ Nanotechnology: http://futuristicnews.com/tag/nanotechnology/ Future Robots: http://futuristicnews.com/category/future-robots/]
IBM's Watson—the same machine that beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy—is now churning through case histories at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, learning to make diagnoses and treatment recommendations. This is one in a series of developments suggesting that technology may be about to disrupt health care in the same way it has disrupted so many other industries. Are doctors necessary? Just how far might the automation of medicine go?