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Watch This Humanoid Robot Dance Gangnam Style

You guys need to stop worrying about robots taking over the world. What you need to start concerning yourself with is their inevitable plan to dominate talent shows the world over, with “CHARLI-2″, the technological marvel above, leading the competition.

Created by the smart people at Virginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory in the US, CHARLI-2 has aroused the interest of the country’s navy for fire-fighting duties, among other tasks, but until he’s put into action, he’ll be practising his sweet Gangnam style moves.

As Wired’s Danger Room writes, this guy is a dancing beast. He’s basically owned the competition at RoboCup for the last couple of years — RoboCup being an annual soccer competition, founded in 1997, for talented mechanised beings. Though it’s obviously expanded to encompass a few other events, too, which Virginia Tech apparently also dominates.

I can’t help but get a weird I, Robot vibe from this thing — the movie, not the Asimov short. It’s probably just the shiny white chassis… and not its slowly-developing sentience and desire to kill its creators.

[Danger Room]

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