Will This Machine Replace Anesthesiologists?


Approved by the FDA in 2013, the Sedasys machine could someday change the way people undergo anesthesia for surgeries. Some anesthesiologists have tried to prevent the machine from being put into use, arguing that anesthesiology is too complex a science to be handled by a machine. However, supposedly more advanced models are currently in the works. It has been predicted that in the next decade, 25% of all jobs that currently exist today might totally disappear due to advances in technology and automation. Usually, jobs such as truck drivers, librarians, cashiers and even factory workers are cited as most likely to be replaced by machines in the near future. Could this machine, and others like it, signal that the jobs of physicians and surgeons--and not just truck drivers--are in danger of being replaced very soon by robots, artificial intelligence and automation?