- Watching "Star Wars" has made one expert realize there's no substitution for the human touch
- Technology still has an important place in medicine
Though set "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," it isn't hard to see in the Star Wars films a vision of our own not so distant future. But Anthony Jones, a physician with a long background in health care technology development, sees the Star Wars vision of medicine's future as sheer fantasy. Specifically, he is struck by the dearth of doctors -- at least human ones. "In Star Wars," he says, "there are no people practicing medicine. Caring for patients seems to have been taken over by machines."