‘Medical Robot Assistants’ Are Helping Nurses Schedule Tasks in the Labor Ward

In the event of a c-section, if a robot suggested who should perform it, would you listen? Ninety percent of the time, nurses and physicians did. A robot programmed by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) suggests where to move patients and who should perform caesarian sections. The team from CSAIL thinks robots are most effective in helping with one of the most “complex” tasks in the labor ward of the hospital: scheduling. “The aim of the work was to develop artificial intelligence that can learn from people about how the labor and delivery unit works, so that robots can better anticipate how to be helpful or when to stay out of the way—and maybe even help by collaborating in making challenging decisions,” says MIT professor…


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