Simone Giertz went into brain surgery in the most positive way possible. The YouTuber and "Shitty Robot" creator posted a video before her surgery on Wednesday, joking that she couldn't wait to see photos of her brain because she was convinced that it was beautiful. She announced that she had a non-cancerous brain tumor in April. SEE ALSO: Simone Giertz, creator of'Shitty Robots,' reveals she has a brain tumor "I'm pretty scared," Giertz admitted in the video. Giertz initially thought the swelling behind her right eye was because of allergies, but tests revealed that she had a golf ball-sized tumor.
The internet hummed last week with reports that "Humans Still Make Better Surgeons Than Robots." Stanford University Medical Center set off the tweetstorm with its seemingly scathing report on robotic surgery. When reading the research of 24,000 patients with kidney cancer, I concluded that the problem lied with the humans overcharging patients versus any technology flaw. In fact, the study praised robotic surgery for complicated procedures and suggested the fault lied with hospitals unnecessarily pushing robotic surgery for simple operations over conventional methods, which led to "increases in operating times and cost." Dr. Benjamin Chung, the author of the report, stated that the expenses were due to either "the time needed for robotic operating room setup" or the surgeon's "learning curve" with the new technology.
With a bulky camera eye and spindly hydraulic arm, this medical robot looks like it could fit in on an automotive production line. It carefully scans soft, sticky intestinal tissue and delicately weaves stitches with unmatched surgical precision. Indeed, with no guiding hand from its fellow doctors, it is the best in the world at performing the medical operation it was designed for. It is performing surgery all by itself.
A drill-wielding robot that bores into your skull for a quick spot of impromptu brain surgery sounds like a scene from a future sci-fi dystopia, in which AI treats Earth's surviving humans like lab rats. In fact, it's a new research project from the good folks at the University of Utah, who have developed a computer-driven automated drill for cranial surgery. That means safely cutting an opening -- called a bone flap -- in the skull so that the brain can be accessed underneath. While it would take an experienced surgeon 2 hours to carry out this task using hand-drilling, the University of Utah's robot is able to achieve the same thing in just 2.5 minutes. That's 50x faster than was previously possible -- which for some reason makes us all kinds of nervous!