Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Questioning the Robot Agenda

...robotic devices being showcased this week at the International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics hosted by the Rehab Institute and Northwestern University.

Robot technology raises ethical issues that will be addressed at the conference: Will robonurses remove the human touch from medicine? And do the benefits of systems such as BrainGate justify the risks of brain surgery, including infections and brain damage?

"We want to be pretty sure the function you get is worth it," Weir said.

BY JIM RITTER Health Reporter
Robots help patients help themselves


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