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Each year, the bleeding-edge developments in robotics and engineering are put on display at the World Robot Conference held in Beijing, China.

It’s a chance for companies and students to reveal the products and software that could redefine what it means to be human — including artificial limbs, humanoid robots, and animatronic dogs.

Consider the conference a window into the artificially-intelligent future.

One of the most iconic (and surreal) ways to use AI is in humanoid robots, which require assistants to apply their makeup just like any other star.
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Drone manufacturers demoed models that communicated with skull caps so people could control the flying machines with brain signals alone.
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Other drone makers showed off underwater models that can capture footage while people swim and Scuba-dive.
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