Video perfectly captures CAPTCHA anxiety

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Love the Mona Lisa at the end :slight_smile:


Am I the only one who thinks Recaptcha is a ploy by the machines to have us teach them our language?


Ooo, Car Talk!!

Here’s one: pronounce “nuclear” correctly.


That was really distracting. Also “captchKa”.



That was kind of the whole point of ReCaptcha. It originally gave us words the scanners were having difficulty with, not only fixing the difficult scans of books, but also (possibly) feeding back on itself to improve the word-recognition algorithms.

Now, however, Google has made some magical new ReCAPTCHA where you only need to click on a checkbox, and it uses a bunch of other secret metrics under the hood to try and guess if you’re really a human, such as how long you’ve been on the page, and where your mouse has moved.

It all sounds well and good, but I’m confused about why they kept the name ReCAPTCHA, which was all about cycling back words that had already been solved into the tests. Google’s page on ReCAPTCHA even cites this original purpose:

Millions of CAPTCHAs are solved by people every day. reCAPTCHA makes positive use of this human effort by channeling the time spent solving CAPTCHAs into digitizing text, annotating images, building machine learning datasets. This in turn helps preserve books, improve maps, and solve hard AI problems.

…which is weird, 'cause it no longer does that at all.

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