Hands up who remembers the game ‘Operation’, where you had to take plastic pancreas (other organs are available) out of a plastic patient without killing him? All good fun and it taught basic anatomy to boot, but nowadays it may be about to be made redundant. We’ve written before in our blog about the increasing use of robots to take over the mundane and tedious work that previously was the prerogative of the assembly line worker, but now they are starting to threaten other, more skilled, areas of work.
As reported in the media today, an Australian study of prostate cancer patients has found that robots perform surgery as well as humans and in some respects better because the patients “reported better overall physical quality of life after six weeks, although this levelled out over time.”
In the future, medical graduates may well have to have an additional degree in coding and engineering if they are to succeed in their chosen profession. It’s likely that they will not be the only ones. One thing is not in doubt though: that as AI and robotics eventually play a dominant part in our lives the importance of digital/technical skills will be even great than it is now. This, and sorry to bang on about it again (it’s been a constant theme of our blog/news pages over the years), makes the role of schools ever more important. We know, as IT/digital recruiters, that we simply do not have sufficient quality candidates coming through the ‘system’, and we know that the politicians and society need to do far more than they are doing at present to remedy this. Otherwise, the operations of the future may be more like the game ‘Operation’ than the patients might like!
Freddie Kydd, Be-IT Resourcing