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When all else fails on the d-floor, break out the "robot." Don't pretend you're not guilty of resorting to this classic dance move at one point or another...

Be proud! No shame! Own it!

Or be super awesome at it like Brian "Chibi" Gaynor:

But the folks at Boston Dynamics flipped the whole concept of the robot dance on its head last week when they introduced us to Atlas, a humanoid robot. Most people are freaking out about Atlas' ability to walk over rough terrain. That's cool and all (and potentially could help it out if it decides to take over the world), but I'm most impressed by the way it moves--almost as if it's dancing. Oh, and it can balance on one leg. I'm telling you, this bot has serious dance potential.

So human dancers mimic robots, and a robot mimics human dancers. Seems fair, I guess.

I fully expect Atlas 2.0 to master the pirouette.

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It's the Olympics, and we're all about spectacle. Actually we were always about spectacle. And there's nothing more spectacular than over 1,000 robots dancing in perfect unison. 1,007 robots, to be exact. (Well, Misty Copeland's Under Armour video with millions of Mistys is pretty amazing, too.)

But about those robots. Scientists in Shandong, China recently broke the Guinness World Record for the largest robot dance party. The previous record was 540 "robots dancing simultaneously," so this is a huge jeté forward. Apparently a few of the robots were disqualified for falling over or stopping before the designated minute was up (#MeAtNationals).

Tbh, we're kind of intrigued by how these robots move their arms. We're no experts, but it looks like science might be closing in on a future where androids and Madd Chadd are indistinguishable.

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