JUST WATCH OUT FOR COMPUTER VIRUSES: Robo-Doctors Signal the Rise of the Medical Machines. ” It won’t be long now before the “doctor” treating you for that nagging cold is a machine. There will be a flesh-and-blood doctor involved in the process, of course, but the robot will do his bidding remotely, perhaps through an iPad. This isn’t so crazy as you might think — Sun Microsystems co-founder and forward-thinker Vinod Khosla predicted the robotization of medicine earlier this summer in an interview with Wired executive editor Thomas Goetz. Four out of five doctors will be replaced by machines, he predicted. It’s starting to happen, in hundreds of hospitals worldwide.”