Any involvement by robots in our society will be scrutinized first and foremost. In the case of Stephen Pettitt, that scrutiny is more than warranted. His surgery was performed by a robot, causing Pettitt to die during the procedure. New findings confirm his survival rate would have been 99% if a human doctor performed the procedure.
Every time a human being or animal needs to undergo surgery, there is a likely chance something may go wrong. Whether that is due to unforeseen circumstances, lack of preparation, or human error, no surgery is ever safe by any stretch of the imagination. When such surgeries are performed by robots, the risks only grow exponentially. Although a robot is not distracted like humans, that doesn’t make them the best solution either.