“The use of robots around the home to mow lawns, vacuum floors and manage other chores is set to surge sevenfold by 2007 as more consumers snap up smart machines, the United Nations said…The report, issued by the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe and the International Federation of Robotics, said that 607,000 automated domestic helpers were in use at the end of 2003, two-thirds of them purchased that year. “ [CBS News]
I saw a local doctor on TV promote a remotely operated pair of Robotic arms that they were using for bypass surgery. The mechanical arms made it possible to minimize the incisions which reduces the hospital stay time to 48 hours. Quite amazing for such a significant surgery.