The BBC reports that Yale scientists are attempting to teach a robot named Nico to recognize itself in the mirror, one of the classic psychological tests in gauging / determining self-awareness.
In 2007, scientists got a robot to recognize motion in a mirror, but "this [test] is based on appearance rather than motion," says doctoral candidate Justin Hart.
If successful, robots would join the short list of non-human species—dolphins, elephants, and primates—able to recognize themselves.
Man. The sin-borgs and kill-bots of the future are going to be even MORE terrifying if they start worrying about their sheens and paint-jobs and such.
"DOES. THIS. CHASSIS. MAKE. ME. LOOK. FAT. HUMAN?
YOU. NOW. HAVE. FIVE. SECONDS. TO. REPLY."