Google’s reCAPTCHA to Become noCAPTCHA
In news that will likely be well received by everyone who gets annoyed by the CAPTCHA system for proving that you are, indeed human — i.e. everyone — Google has announced they are making reCAPTCHA, their own implementation of this tech, “invisible.” From now on, the corporation’s systems will be able to tell automatically whether you’re human or not, with only suspected bots getting the familiar text field or sortable thumbnails.
Of course, Google is not saying exactly how they’re turning reCAPTCHA into noCAPTCHA; the threat from botnets and the like is simply too real for the company to have this information out in the open. The company will only say that they are relying on advanced analytics coupled with the latest advances in deep learning to detect human-like browsing behavior. As Google logs what you are doing globally anyway, there’s a good chance that it will compare your behavior to that of others and so decide whether it is a bot requesting access or not.
However it works, there are likely many people that will be happy to hear this news, especially those among us with some kind eye trouble or dyslexia, two groups who have often had the misfortune to be mistaken for robots as they vainly try to enter a website for the fourth time. Impatient types will likely be happy too, even if noCAPTCHA does nothing but shave off a second or two off an Internet purchase.
The news is also interesting as a development within the field of AI: Google’s strong commitment to machine learning is obviously paying off if its analytics can now snuff out bots from humans. Perhaps as time progresses, bots will no longer stand a chance against the search engine’s ever-growing arsenal; we shall see.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.