Friday, 05 December 2014 17:49

VIDEO: Go ogle the undead robot CAPTCHA killer


Google has killed the CAPTCHA by recapturing the simplicity of asking you to tick a check box, but if Google’s API isn’t sure, a reCAPTCHA arises from the dead to mess with your eyes and head in its quest to prove you’re not a robot, spammer or other automated online abuser.

With CAPTCHAs and those squiggly lines, letters and numbers having been defeated with 99.8% accuracy by Google’s own artificial intelligence technology, Google has decided to radically change the way CAPTCHAs work.

Instead of those distorted letters and numbers, Google will now simply ask you whether you’re a robot or not with a check box that you click to indicate ‘I’m not a robot’.

Google is calling it the ‘No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA’, as it describes at its blog post. 

By advancing its reCAPTCHA technology, and analysing user behaviour before, during and after the CAPTCHA process, Google can choose to do away with the traditional CAPTCHA and give you a simple check box instead.

You can ogle a video demonstrating this right below this sentence.

If Google’s new analysis can’t tell whether you’re a human, or not, it can still ask you to type in numbers from a Street View image, while for mobile devices, you can be asked to play a simple matching game of images as you can see below.


Google says sites like Snapchat, Wordpress and sales sites like Humble Bundle have incorporated the new reCAPTCHA technology and says the users of those sites who were presented with the new check box CAPTCHA saw 60% of Wordpress traffic and 80% of Humble Bundle traffic saw the newer, simple CATPCHA system in action, enabling those users to get to their chosen CAPTCHA protected sites faster.

You’ll find more information at Google’s reCAPTCHA site here


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