EditorialROBOTS AND SOCIETY

Medical robotics—Regulatory, ethical, and legal considerations for increasing levels of autonomy

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Science Robotics  15 Mar 2017:
Vol. 2, Issue 4, eaam8638
DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aam8638

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  • Fig. 1 Different levels of autonomy as mapped to robotic surgery.

    It is possible that technology may advance faster than regulatory, ethical, and legal frameworks. Risk management during implementation is critical to avoid backlash that would impede progress.

    (CREDIT: R. D. MERRIFIELD, HAMLYN CENTRE, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON)