Living in the San Francisco Bay area, where you can't avoid conversations about tech even if you try (and believe me, people do), I hear all the time, with Paul Revere-like urgency: "The robots are coming!" Any development in artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) inevitably spawns thousands of LinkedIn posts, Medium articles and good, old-fashioned watercooler conversations about how the automatonic revolution is just one push of a button away.

So when you hear about a new device that uses AI to treat prostate cancer, it's understandable why you might begin to picture scrubs-clad robots walking into the operating room. For now, that image is still science fiction, but that doesn't mean AI-assisted prostate cancer treatment isn't a promising new development.

How the new treatment works

Unlike other cancers, prostate cancer often requires treatment of the entire organ—not