A robot surgeon has for the first time carried out a long-distance heart operation completely by itself .
The 50-minute surgery, which took place in a Milanese hospital was initiated and monitored on a PC in Boston, USA.
The novelty of this latest experience is that the robot was able to conduct the entire procedure by itself. In the past it needed specific orders from its operator along the way .
It has learned to do the job thanks to experience gathered from operations on 10,000 patients. The robot can now recognise the type of patient and the required method of operating.