Captchas and robots

You know that text box in one too many websites where we figure out what the letters and numbers are displayed and then type it in just so we can prove to the website that we’re humans. It’s a security layer to make sure that a certain website is indeed “talking” to a live person and not some bot. Things are about to go the way of the dodo for that method especially after Google’s launch of, well, “Invisible reCAPTCHA.” According to Google’s website, “reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects your website from spam and abuse. reCAPTCHA uses an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive CAPTCHAs to keep automated software from engaging in abusive activities on your site. It does this while letting your valid users pass through with ease.” Practically speaking, it’s eliminating that captcha box from websites and relegating that process of identifying humans from bots into the background. In a report by Popular Science, the system basically relies on information it already has on a particular IP. If you’re logged into your Google account, there’s more info available for the service to reference so that it can determine whether what you’re doing and have been doing is malicious or not. If everything checks out, you go through. If not, you’ll need to go through more hoops. I think the net result of this is a more pleasurable experience of using the internet through the many websites we frequent. This also takes away the hassle of having to use a magnifying glass just so to figure out what letter or number the captcha system is displaying for you to input. In the name of convenience and of all that’s good in the internet, I hope a lot of websites will adopt this service. Robots. Is the future really going to be filled with robots? Anybody remembers the films Bicentennial Man and I, Robot? Yep, that kind of future. Robots with full blown AI that’s able to learn and improve itself or others. There’s a lot happening in the world of robotics and it’s both exciting and somewhat scary at the same time. I think I’ll probably write something about my thoughts on this soon. In the meantime, I suggest browsing through Flipboard and get a sense of where things are with robotics these days.


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