Narcissus: Robot Self-Recognition Using Conditional Probability–Based Contingency


In Greek mythology Narcissus was a youth who became infatuated with his own reflection after gazing into a pool of water. Unlike Narcissus, humans can recognize themselves when confronted with their own reflection. However, like Narcissus, many animals and most of today’s robots cannot accomplish this simple feat of self recognition. We present here preliminary work in developing a system that we hope will eventually be able to distinguish between itself and others using vision and motion.

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