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Robot doctors come a step closer as a machine passes medical exams...

•, ByJeff Farrell

One of the world's first robot doctors has passed its medical exams with flying colours, it emerged.

Xiao Yi was put through his paces in the test with his human counterparts and showed he had "mastered" the skills for the job.

Researchers got him ready for his big day by inputting knowledge from dozens of medical books over the past year.

But rather than just spit it back out it in the exam he also had to show a "reasoning process" for treating a given symptom.

The robot scored 465 points out of total marks of 600 when he passed China's National Medical Licensing Examination.

That was better than what his handlers had expected, said the makers of the robot at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

"Its score is 96 points above the acceptance line," said Wu Ji, deputy boss of its electronic engineering department.

"This shows that it has indeed mastered the medical knowledge and clinical knowledge, and it has owned the basic ability to employ the knowledge to solve some problems," he added.

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