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Robot institute attracts presidential visit

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Got a bomb to defuse? A golf course that needs mowing? The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute is building machines to handle jobs both dangerous or, in some cases, just plain tedious.

But the work at the institute that is part of Carnegie Mellon University has drawn the eye of President Barack Obama who visits Friday to speak about new technology supporting American manufacturing and job growth.

Some scientists at the institute are trying to figure out whether robots and humans can treat each other as equal partners or even teammates.

One creation along those lines is the SnackBot which ferries snacks to humans so scientists can study the many possible variables in such encounters. Others are working on robots to help doctors or soldiers wounded in battle.