Everyone loves the idea of a robot surgeon. There's the GH-7 meddroid from "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back," the lovable but butchering Medibot from "Look Around You," and the occasional robot psychologist or plastic surgeon on "Futurama." And I can only imagine Hajime Sorayama came up with some manner of silvery, sexy robot nurse, but I'm not about to Google that at work.
At any rate, hey, it looks like work on real-life robotic surgeons is progressing nicely. They might not be ready to dump you into a Bacta tank or upgrade your face, but Discovery News reports that a robotic surgeon at Duke University has successfully used an ultrasound to find a sliver of steel shrapnel and guide a needle to it -- and all on its own to boot.