Outside of being default poses in animation software, bind poses are typically used as placeholders for animations not yet completed, particularly in 3D animated video games.  In some motion capture software, a bind pose must be assumed by the actor in the motion capture suit before motion capturing can begin.
As an Internet meme
Starting in 2010 and resurfacing in 2017 the T-pose specifically has become a widespread internet meme due to its non sequitur appearance, especially in video game glitches where there would otherwise be an animation. 
In a prerelease video of the game NBA Elite 11, the demo was filled with glitches, notably one unintentionally showing a bind pose in place of the proper animation for the model of player Andrew Bynum. Publisher EA eventually cancelled the game due to finding it unsatisfactory. NBA 2K17 later referenced this. 
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