In this day and age, it's not uncommon for humans to get asked to prove that they are indeed humans. On the internet, people frequently stumble upon Captchas that help in verifying that they are not at all robots. While the feature is quite useful, it could also be very irritating for most people. Google, having the number one Captcha service called reCAPTCHA, understands the pain and annoyance of its users, so it is working on a more advanced version of its service that will not be literally visible to its users. In a recent blog post, the Mountain View giant shared that is developing invisible Captchas for all.
The experience of squinting at distorted text, puzzling over small images, or even simply clicking on a checkbox to prove you aren't a robot could soon be over, if a new Google service takes off. The company has revealed the latest evolution of the Captcha (short, sort of, for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart), which aims to do away with any interruption at all: the new, "invisible reCaptcha" aims to tell whether a given visitor is a robot or not purely by analysing their browsing behaviour. Barring a short wait while the system does its job, a typical human visitor shouldn't have to do anything else to prove they're not a robot. It's a long way from the first Captchas, introduced to stop automated programs signing up for services like email addresses and social media accounts. The idea is simple: pick a task that a human can do easily, and a machine finds very hard, and require that task be completed before the process can be continued.
At some point last year, Google's constant requests to prove I'm human began to feel increasingly aggressive. More and more, the simple, slightly too-cute button saying "I'm not a robot" was followed by demands to prove it -- by selecting all the traffic lights, crosswalks, and storefronts in an image grid. Soon the traffic lights were buried in distant foliage, the crosswalks warped and half around a corner, the storefront signage blurry and in Korean. There's something uniquely dispiriting about being asked to identify a fire hydrant and struggling at it. These tests are called CAPTCHA, an acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, and they've reached this sort of inscrutability plateau before.
CAPTCHA's are an irritating but necessary evil. The system that is used to verify whether or not a user is human has been around a while and it had to evolve because machines were getting better at reading the text than humans. With its latest iteration, Google says you'll no longer have to input anything at all. When the machines rise up, I'm jumping ship and selling out humanity so fast -- we suck, we deserve it. So colour me excited to see this cute ol' robot arm hilariously beat an'I'm not a robot' CAPTCHA (and then let go of the stylus in a perfect mic drop right after).
Google is doing away with the time consuming tests on websites that ask you to verify you're not a robot. Captcha codes - which ask you to identify words or pictures - are designed to tell the difference between man and machine. The launch of Google's recaptcha v3 means users will no longer need to type in codes or tick boxes as the system will pick up suspicious traffic by itself. Google is doing away with the time consuming tests on websites that ask you to verify that you are a real person. Captcha (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) has become the standard term for simple human-or-robot tests.