Self-aware robots with deadly intentions are a staple in sci-fi films.

Now scientists have proved a robot can show a glimmer of consciousness – but luckily this android is polite.

In an experiment a small humanoid solved a philosophical problem to demonstrate it could understand a question and then recognise its own voice.

Scientists at The Rensselaer AI and Reasoning Lab (Rair) in New York, led by Professor Selmer Bringsjord, conducted an experiment on three Nao robots, which are commonly used in research projects.

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