1. What are humanoid robots?
Humanoid robots are advanced robots designed to resemble and mimic human form and behavior, often equipped with AI to perform various tasks.
2. Do we really need humanoid robots?
The necessity of humanoid robots varies by application. They can be beneficial in research, education, caregiving, and entertainment, but their practicality in everyday use is still under scrutiny.
3. Are there successful examples of humanoid robots?
Yes, globally recognized humanoid robots include ASIMO by Honda and Sophia by Hanson Robotics. In India, IIT Bombay has developed a humanoid robot named Vyommitra for space missions.
FAQs on Surgical Robots
1. What is a surgical robot?
Surgical robots are specialized robots used to assist surgeons in performing intricate surgical procedures with precision and control.
2. How have surgical robots impacted healthcare?
Surgical robots have revolutionized healthcare by enabling minimally invasive surgeries, reducing recovery times, and improving surgical outcomes.
3. Can you provide examples of surgical robots?
The da Vinci Surgical System is one of the most well-known surgical robots globally. In India, the SSI-Mantra surgical robot is being developed as an affordable option for hospitals.
Global and Indian Examples
Agility Robotics’ Digit: A warehouse robot that performs tasks like moving boxes. It doesn’t replicate human appearance but focuses on the utility of tasks like a humanoid. Magnetic Surgical Robot in Chile: This robot performs less invasive and more efficient surgeries, marking its international debut with successful surgeries in Chile.
India’s Context: With advancements in technology, India has seen a rise in the use of robots across various sectors, including healthcare and industrial automation. Institutions like IITs are at the forefront of such innovations.
The integration of robotics into different sectors continues to grow, with each country and industry finding unique applications for these advanced technologies. While humanoid robots raise philosophical and ethical questions about their necessity and impact, surgical robots are becoming increasingly accepted for their precision and ability to improve patient outcomes.