Cover Picture: AI in surgery is not limited to machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. The dream of autonomous actions in surgery is already here, albeit, in limited ways. Surgeons must understand the basics of AI and learn to better understand its potential benefits instead of insisting on resisting innovation. Robotic surgery in its present form is a form of AIS and a necessary step towards fully autonomous actions in surgery. AIS has the potential to improve surgical outcomes, doctor-patient relationships, and job satisfaction for surgeons in all phases of surgical care. Acceptance and embracing AIS is a prerequisite for surgeons to understand that we have already entered the “slope of enlightenment” as described in the Gartner Hype Cycle, and that the future is very bright indeed.
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