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[DIGEST: Futurism, CNN]

Brain surgery is a complex, delicate business with little room for error. As surgery becomes more automated, patients may one day have the option to choose between human surgeons, subject to the trials that come with being human, such as fatigue and imprecision, and robot surgeon, strong on precision, but lacking human judgment. While you don’t have that choice yet, researchers at the University of Utah have designed a robotic drill that can perform a complex cranial surgery, which would take a human surgeon two hours, in less than three minutes. This proof of principle study, which demonstrates the effectiveness of the robot, was published in the journal Neurosurgical Focus.

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