"You might not know this, but one of my responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief is to keep an eye on robots. (Laughter). And I'm pleased to report that the robots you manufacture here seem peaceful -- (laughter) -- at least for now."

--President Barack Obama, after touring Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center. During the visit, Obama announced he was designating $500 million in federal funding to a partnership with businesses and universities that will invest in emerging technologies and manufacturing as part of a job-creation bid.