By now most everyone has encountered the CAPTCHA security step to ensure you are indeed a human and not a robot answering questions, ordering products, etc. I don’t know about you, but I almost always mistype the first set and have to do another version. Now a new algorithm using human visual intelligence is figuring out how to fool the security system. IT Pro brought this interesting news to us in their article, “Artificial Intelligence outsmarts CAPTCHA security.”

Vicarious has created an algorithm which can beat CAPTCHA by mimicking the way the human brain processes images and visual clues (apparently not mine).

CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test and is used to identify computers vs, humans. It was first introduced in the 1990’s to prevent people from using automated bots to set up fake accounts on websites.

It works by combining both image recognition and semantic meaning – something algorithms have never managed to do simultaneously. Until now.

Melody K. Smith

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