Robots are everywhere in Pittsburgh. But except for the occasional self-driving car seen on the streets, people might not know how central they are to Pittsburgh’s current (and future) economy.

“So the three top robotics communities in the world are Boston, Pittsburgh and the Bay Area,” said Joel Reed, executive director of the Pittsburgh Robotics Network. “And Pittsburgh is either number one or two depending on about how the debate of MIT versus CMU goes.”

At a Tuesday morning gathering on the rooftop deck of the TRYP Hotel — in the middle of “Robotics Row,” the Strip/Lawrenceville tech cluster with a robot population that is rapidly approaching its human population — the Pittsburgh Robotics Network began to flex its automated muscles to turn the city into the “Robotics Capital of the World.” Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Martial Hebert, dean of the School of…

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