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Correspondence  |   June 2020
Robots Will Perform Anesthesia in the Near Future: Reply
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  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada. thomas.hemmerling@mcgill.ca
  • 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: Reply
Anesthesiology Newly Published on June 19, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003435
Anesthesiology Newly Published on June 19, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003435
I thank Mr. Arora for his interest and comment1  concerning an editorial I had written depicting robotic anesthesia as the future of anesthesia.2 
There are four distinct terms that are important: artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and robotics.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, artificial intelligence describes “the study and development of computer systems that can copy intelligent human behavior”; machine learning “a type of artificial intelligence in which computers use huge amounts of data to learn how to do tasks rather than being programed to do them.” Big data is defined as “sets of information that are too large or too complex to handle, analyze or use with standard methods.” Finally, a robot is considered as “a machine that can perform a complicated series of tasks by itself.”