You know those jumbled, hard to decipher letters you have to plug in on certain websites to prove you’re not a spambot? Well, you may have seen the last of them. Google is hoping to get read of CAPTCHA with a simple “Are you a robot?” checkbox.
Google said that it started working on “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” when it discovered that today’s artificial intelligence technology can solve distorted text puzzles with incredible accuracy.
Google writes: “CAPTCHAs have long relied on the inability of robots to solve distorted text. However, our research recently showed that today’s Artificial Intelligence technology can solve even the most difficult variant of distorted text at 99.8% accuracy. Thus distorted text, on its own, is no longer a dependable test.”
Here’s a video about the new “I am not a robot” checkbox.
Unfortunately, Google’s new API won’t completely get rid of CAPTCHA. Google says that sites like Snapchat and WordPress are already using the new check box and more than 60% of traffic is getting through on the first try. Users who don’t pass Google’s new security analysis will have to revisit one of those horrid jumble letter CAPTCHAs.
Google writes: Humans, we’ll continue our work to keep the Internet safe and easy to use. Abusive bots and scripts, it’ll only get worse—sorry we’re (still) not sorry.