2018 AMI Online Salon

Automated Robotic Surgery

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Lucas Lin; Mississauga, Ontario
  • Client: Marc Dryer
  • Copyright: © 2018 Lucas Lin
  • Medium / software used: Autodesk Maya, Zbrush, Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC
  • Final presentation format: Print, Magazine Cover
  • Primary audience: General Public

Project Description

Recent advancements in robotic surgery seek to increase efficiency and improve outcomes through automation. This raises questions on the ethics of entrusting a patient’s well-being to automation and robotics. The tension between technology and human control has come to characterize the modern zeitgeist, and is particularly relevant in the medical field where outcomes can be a matter of life and death. I created this editorial cover to address this issue and entice the general public to read the feature article. Inspired by Michelango’s The Creation of Adam, the human hand passing the scalpel to its robotic counterpart signifies both technological development and the transfer of control to our creations. The two hands are arranged diagonally to signify power imbalance, and the scalpel is arranged vertically against the surgical light to signify potential risk and consequence.