we've just inched that much closer to the terrifying but inevitable SKYNET-style of robotic domination that we've been
warning you about, as Japanese researchers have recently developed a bot that is able to distinguish "itself"
from "others" with a high degree of accuracy. We'll leave the heavy philosophical questions of what constiutes
consciousness/self-awareness for discussion in comments, but the facts are these: Junichi Takeno and his team at Meiji
University built a robot whom we'll call "Egobot" with an artificial nerve cell in it's computer that screens
input from its sensors to determine if it is interacting with a doppelganger or a mirror image of itself. In Takeno's
tests, Egobot was able to identify a mirror image of itself using a series of blinking LEDs with 70% accuracy, a number
the team is working on perfecting. This is truly an exciting day for humankind, when the list of countless blunders that
we've made throughout history culminates with this puzzling worldwide effort to build and program machines that will
probably wipe us out for good.
[Via The Raw Feed