A number of people have tweeted about a video that shows a surgeon using a Da Vinci robot to fold and throw a paper airplane.
Watch for yourself.
On Twitter, I commented facetiously that there is finally a use for the robot.
Then I watched it again and realized that the video is actually a good illustration of what I’ve been saying all along about what is wrong with robotic surgery.
Even with the apparent use of several edits, it takes the surgeon over two and a half minutes to fold the airplane, a task which might take about 30 seconds by a human hand. Also despite the edits, there are several shots of missteps and fumbling. Finally, the airplane does not fly. When thrown, it drops like a stone.
Rather than convincing me that the robot is great, it makes me even more skeptical about its utility.