CAPTCHA Has Been Captured
Machines have reportedly defeated the annoying but super important CAPTCHA image -- that string of distorted letters or numbers that online forms use to make sure you're human and not a spambot.
Vicarious, an artificial intelligence start-up, claimed this week that they have come up with software that can crack any type of CAPTCHA with at least 90 percent accuracy. CAPTCHA (short for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) has been around since the mid 1990s, and is used to make sure computers don't sign up for email accounts and spam your brains out.
The San Francisco-based team claims they will not be doing any shady work with their new innovation, co-founder D. Scott Phoenix said. Phoenix told Reuters in a phone interview, "We wanted to show we could take the first step toward a machine that works like a human brain, and that we are the best place in the world to do artificial intelligence research."
CAPTCHA has been around since 2000 and, if you've commented on a blog post or typed out your credit card details online lately, you're right in thinking that they're getting harder and harder to decipher.
Due to security reasons, Vicarious is keeping a tight lid on how they successfully cracked this infuriating but necessary online code. The artificial intelligence researchers claim that their algorithm works the same way as the human brain.
Do you think CAPTCHA is safe?