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NEW YORK - JANUARY 28: The new Honda robot ASIMO walks up stairs during a North American educational tour designed to introduce the public to ASIMO and to encourage students to study robotics science January 28, 2003 in New York City. ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) is a product of over 15 years of robotic development at Honda and was created for the purpose of helping people in need. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A “hi-tech robot” had earned some serious praise on Russian state television. “Robot Boris” was boasted to even know how to dance and was said to be “not that bad.”

Then some Russian bloggers started asking questions, such as: “Where are the external sensors?” and “Why so many extra movements while it’s dancing?” It turns out the simplest answer is the right one. It wasn’t a robot at all. It was a guy in a robot costume rocking out those funky moves. Apologies have since been issued.


'Hi-tech robot' at Russia forum turns out to be man in suit

State television praised the 'modern' tech despite photos revealing actor in costume