Of all the animals that exist on this planet, only a precious few have the capacity to recognize themselves in a mirror. These fascinating — and at times hilarious — videos taken by photographer Xavier Hubert-Brierre reveal the reactions of various animals as they gaze upon their reflections for the very first time.
An idle idea of Darwin’s has turned, over the years, into a rather controversial psychological test. A seemingly random list of animals “pass” this test, but some recent results call into question what a passing result means. And it's all what what you see when you look in a mirror.
A number of websites recently reported on a breakthrough in which a robot was alleged to have successfully passed the mirror test. In turn, many of these news sites declared that the machine had achieved "self-awareness," proclaiming it to be an important step forward in the development of advanced robotics.