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ISSN: 2157-7420

Journal of Health & Medical Informatics
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Medical Robotics – Not A Golem Anymore

Giora Weisz*

New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and Cardiovascular Research Foundation, New York, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Giora Weisz, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Columbia University
Director of Clinical Cardiovascular Research
Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy
New-York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center
161 Fort Washington Ave., 6th Floor
New York, NY 10032, USA
Tel: 212-305 7060
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: August 21, 2012; Accepted date: August 23, 2012; Published date: August 28, 2012

Citation: Weisz G (2012) Medical Robotics – Not A Golem Anymore. J Health Med Inform 3:e104. doi: 10.4172/2157-7420.1000e104

Copyright: © 2012 Weisz G. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

When people hear the word "robot" their first association is science fiction as a source of visionary fascinating technology that is going to be part of our daily life. When the Czech Capek brothers wrote their science fiction stories and coined the term robot, they probably based it on the 16th century Jewish-Czech folklore of the Golem of Prague, who was created by the rabbi of Prague (the Maharal) to protect his community from the hostile anti-Semites. In Hebrew, the world Golem is used as a metaphor for a brainless creature or entity that serves man under controlled conditions. The most significant boost to public recognition of the robotic concept was done by Isaac Asimov, who published a series of short stories about robots and contributed the famous three laws of robotic behavior or function. The robots in his stories, like the Golem, were independent machines that replaced human beings for various activities. In the last 4 decades, robotics has penetrated into every industrialized field, from assembling cars to medicine, mainly as part of automatism and manufacturing, replacing human workers in many tasks.

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