Should we trust robots to provide our healthcare?

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Introduction

Because at the moment the NHS needs more money, and funds to provide healthcare, we think it is not worth using robots for healthcare and the reasons will be listed below. It is similar to if we should Robots in Space but not Space, it is healthcare.

So the question is...

Should we let electronics (in this case robots) provide our healthcare?

We (spirited_insect and succinct_leaves) believe that we shouldn't invest the government's money into robots because the UK's government simply does not have enough money. It is using its budget to fund other things such as building more roads and houses, and not to protect the environment and keep the NHS doing well. However, assigning robots could help because we wouldn't run out of staff (or at least, not robot staff) but they would have to be programmed and able to understand how people feel. It is a very hard task creating a robot that understands how every single person feels because if we had to pay like they do in the USA and a person who didn't have enough money to get healthcare they might not be able to. This is because robots don't feel emotions, so they would not feel any kind of sympathy for them and just say the thing that they are programmed to say. This is why humans can be used as well.

However emotions isn't all that could be a problem. Robot crime could happen because of someone programming it wrong, then that would not be good because it could cause trouble, however, it is unlikely because hello my nmaiiyddd

Comments (10)

  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    18 Mar 2020

    On one hand, robots are more precise than humans, this is an advantage of using robots because in delicate operations you can not afford to make one mistake, but on the other hand, humans can actively respond to different situations. This is useful because if a patient has a problem that has not been seen before then the robot will not know what to do whereas a human can alter their response to something. However, robots can perform key-hole surgery which is a type of surgery where the patient does not have to be cut open, the robot can perform the surgery from a small hole. However, robots are more costly to build but on the other hand, you have to pay a surgeon's salary, general surgeons are, on average, payed £71,792 per year, over time, the cost of having a human surgeon will stack up and so as a result might end up being more costly than a robot. On the other hand, humans can do therapy if someone is in shock whereas robots can not at the moment. However, robots can detect illnesses in their very early stages with 99 % more accuracy than a human.

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  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg accomplished_reality | Faringdon Community College
    18 Mar 2020

    Personally I think we shouldn't. Robots are only machines and are not always reliable. For instance: if they broke down they could potentially leak or delete useful information. We should not rely upon them as they cannot always be trusted. For instance: Alexa is listening in on conversation and sending details to amazon. For all we know the robots the NHS use could be sending personal information like this as well. Robots could also be hacked into and could steal private information from patients when they don't realise. We just need to be aware. On that thought it is not always right to let robots give us healthcare. Humans are better than robots and are less likely to make mistakes, however robots have more accuracy and can make high-speed calculations. A robot could be doing an operation, make a mistake and create an even worse problem. If the NHS would use robots to take operations, then even though they are under stress and under funded, they would not be able to afford and it would just end up being simpler to just employ doctors and nurses.

    Another point is that at the moment robots are not very advanced and at this point they could not be trusted to make operations or just giving advice on issues with the human body.

    In conclusion, robots are too likely to make mistakes or be hacked. At this point in time it is simply easier and more cost-efficient to just stick with humans.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      accomplished_reality's comment 19 Mar 2020

      Lots of thoughtful reasons. Well done!

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  • Hillyfield School logo genuine_engineer | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    19 Mar 2020

    Personally, I think that we shouldn't use robots as doctors because they can mistreat the patients or cause havoc if they're not programmed properly. Also, we can't put our trust into them (like you could to a person) to actually treat a patient properly. For example, a robot could accidentally give someone the wrong treatment which could be fatal. Additionally, there are medicines water and lots of other sticky or wet stuff around hospitals which a robot could easily spill on itself and explode or spontaneously combust. Plus, a virus could find its way in or someone could hack into a robot's system which could be absolutely disastrous!

    However, a robot can quickly calculate things and move around quickly (which would be ideal for moving around in large hospitals) if they have got the right program. They are hardworking and don't need the necessary training like a person would. They can come in large numbers which could solve our shortage of staff.

    In conclusion, a no from me because robots are just machinery like cars with no personality.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      genuine_engineer's comment 19 Mar 2020

      Good reasons given, and well done for looking at the other side of the argument too.

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  • Hillyfield School logo ingenious_dusk | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    19 Mar 2020

    I agree robots are pieces of metal glued together with memory but as time passes technology is constantly getting improved until the point where they have the same intelligence as us. This is very helpful whilst extremely dangerous as if a virus or a hacker were to get into the system and take control they basically have the future in their hands, and if someone is cruel enough to hack into what the world is probably relying on then the hacker or virus is most likely to do something bad with it which could lead to chaos. Also, robots in hospitals are even more relyed on as if one malfunction it could lead to someone's death. Now those robots are the ones that carry around tools and help out but the ones with data stored on them are even worse if they go wrong because they give information to the doctors on how to treat patients . Finally, robots should not be always trusted

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      ingenious_dusk's comment 19 Mar 2020

      Excellent reasoning!

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  • Hammond School logo focused_blackberry | Hammond Junior School C
    08 Apr 2020

    I think that we should not trust robots to provide our healthcare because if humans were working for the NHS, they wouldn’t have to be programmed with lots of different answers to say, and they would already know how people feel. This would mean that a lot more money would be spent on the robots that could be used for actual healthcare. Also, in order for electronics and robots to work they are exposed to the internet, which people can get through and potentially reprogram the robots with different answers, such as answers that could hurt people’s feelings. Robots also need some sort of source to be powered, so it is possible that they could just lose battery halfway through treating a patient, or their source if power could disconnect. This is another reason why more money would be spent, as it would need to be spent on a power source for every single robot that works. It also takes a lot of time for robots to be manufactured, and they can break, so if one did break it would be a long time and it would take more money to get another one.

    To conclude, I think that letting robots provide our healthcare is a bad idea because there are countless things that could go wrong, and precious time and money lost to repair and buy new robots.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      focused_blackberry's comment 08 Apr 2020

      A very interesting perspective, focused_blackberry. If robots should not be trusted for these tasks, what tasks COULD they be trusted with?

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      1. Hammond School logo focused_blackberry | Hammond Junior School C
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 09 Apr 2020

        In my opinion, the tasks that robots could be trusted with aren’t that big of a number. But one task is knowing what medicines to get for what illnesses, for they could do that quite well. I think this because when the robots are created they are bound to have lots of information put into them by many different experts, and the information would’ve been about healthcare and what to do. This means that the robots, if they were trusted to provide our healthcare, would hold a lot of information across all illnesses and how to cure them, and they could potentially hold more information than other NHS staff, because they have the combined knowledge of the NHS staff and other experts.

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