Why to move from video-assisted thoracic surgery to robotically video-assisted thoracic surgery? —a chronicle

Rui Haddad, Gustavo Guimarães Loubet


We are living in the best of the times with the explosion of exponential advances in science and technology. In fact, Ray Kurzweil, a renowned North-American scientist, believes that we will experience progress of 20,000 years, scientifically speaking and at today’s rate in the 21st Century (1). Twenty thousand years in one century!!! Can you imagine that? From virtual reality to quantum computing, from artificial intelligence (AI) to solar power roads, from augmented reality to ultra-small health monitors and brain-computer interfaces, among hundreds of others incredible devices and advances.