The future of medicine might lie in the molecular world of genes and nanobots but meanwhile medics in training still require practice for the more mundane stuff like CPR. Practicing on humans causes its own problems, both for the realism aspect and also the danger of inflicting damage on the healthy. This is where Laerdal’s SimMan 3G fits in. He’s a robot that simulates the symptoms of emergency illness including crying, bleeding, convulsions, cardiac infarction and a whole host of other symptomatic resposonses. If you can get over the ultimate in creep factor he is actually a pretty sophisticated piece of kit that allows the practice of many a proceedure with proper ‘human like’ feedback including convusions, CPR, intubation, vascular catheter insertion and many more. I still would not like one of these in the home and I hope that by the time robots become comon place they’re more like the white shineyness of iRobot than the freaky fake human of SimMan.