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Correspondence  |   June 2020
Robots Will Perform Anesthesia in the Near Future: Comment
Author Notes
  • School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom. aa957@cam.ac.uk
  • Accepted for publication May 26, 2020.
    Accepted for publication May 26, 2020.×
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   June 2020
Robots Will Perform Anesthesia in the Near Future: Comment
Anesthesiology Newly Published on June 19, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003434
Anesthesiology Newly Published on June 19, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003434
It was a pleasure to read the editorial by Dr. Hemmerling, and it was very promising to see open discussion about technological innovation affecting the field.1  I agree that automated robotic systems appear inevitable. However, I would wish to comment that it is important to highlight both artificial intelligence and robotics as two distinct innovations that work synergistically together in this context. In a future where robots are responsible for delivery of anesthesia in theater, both innovations will require substantial development to ensure that the system can adequately learn from and respond to variation. Assuming any rate of improvement to these systems, they may soon begin to outperform humans, and the input of the human anesthetist may gradually shift toward a supervisory role.