I recently gave an interview to the MD Advisor. We discussed some of the recent safety concerns with robotic surgery and the daVinci robot.
Some of the important points that we discussed are:
Robotic surgery is performed by a surgeon and is not automated.
Experienced surgeons have less complications that inexperienced surgeons.
Robotic surgery magnification can lead to a more precise surgery, but the magnification will lead to instruments not being in the surgeons filed of view which is similar to laparoscopy.
You can view the article on page 11 of the Fall issue of MD Advisor.