13 of the craziest photos from China's World Robot Conference

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.

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BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 22: A robot shoots a diving performer at the World Robot Conference (WRC) 2017 is held at Etrong International Exhibition & Convention Center on August 22, 2017 in Beijing, China. The World Robot Conference 2017 is held from August 23 to 27 in Beijing. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: A dragonfly shaped bio-robot flies at the World Robot Conference (WRC) 2017 at Etrong International Exhibition & Convention Center on August 23, 2017 in Beijing, China. The World Robot Conference 2017 is held from August 23 to 27 in Beijing. (Photo by Liu Guanguan/CHINA NEWS SERVICE/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 22: Robots perform singing at the World Robot Conference (WRC) 2017 is held at Etrong International Exhibition & Convention Center on August 22, 2017 in Beijing, China. The World Robot Conference 2017 is held from August 23 to 27 in Beijing. (Photo by VCG via Getty Images)
A robot called 'Teotronico' plays the piano and sings at the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WANG Zhao (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 22: Robot pianist Teo Tronico performs at the World Robot Conference (WRC) 2017 at Etrong International Exhibition & Convention Center on August 23, 2017 in Beijing, China. The World Robot Conference 2017 is held from August 23 to 27 in Beijing. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: Teaching robots are displayed at the World Robot Conference (WRC) 2017 at Etrong International Exhibition & Convention Center on August 23, 2017 in Beijing, China. The World Robot Conference 2017 is held from August 23 to 27 in Beijing. (Photo by Liu Guanguan/CHINA NEWS SERVICE/VCG via Getty Images)
A competitor takes a rest at a robot contest during the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing on August 24,2017. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Two competitors prepare for a robot contest during the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing on August 24,2017. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
A man programs SoftBank Robotics "Pepper" robots at the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing, China August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
A man lines up robots for the performance of a syncronised dance at the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing, China August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: A chess robot plays chess with a boy during the 2017 World Robot Conference at Beijing Yichuang International Conference and Exhibition Center on August 23, 2017 in Beijing, China. The conference will be held from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27, consisting of forum, exposition and robot competition. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: A man sits on a medical robot during the 2017 World Robot Conference at Beijing Yichuang International Conference and Exhibition Center on August 23, 2017 in Beijing, China. The conference will be held from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27, consisting of forum, exposition and robot competition. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
A girl looks at a robot arm at the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing on August 23,2017. / AFP PHOTO / WANG Zhao (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
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