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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Preventing Robots From Using Online Software: New CAPTCHA Asks You To Identify Gibberish

Prove You're Human by Identifying Gibberish Words, Because Computers Suck at That

Justin Pot | May 2, 2016

Think CAPTCHAs are annoying? Imagine how bad they are for the blind.
Try as designers might, there hasn’t ever been a really solid solution for the visually impaired to prove that they’re human. Such CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart) are either too difficult to solve, or too easy for bots to figure out. But researchers at Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum might have a solution. A number of words are read out loud by a computer, alongside some gibberish; users need to identify the gibberish. It sounds simple, but bots struggle with it, is reporting.

"The question was posed by programmers and poets Benjamin Laird and Oscar Schwartz as part of the Digital Writers Festival, a self-described, "online carnival dedicated to what happens when technology and the written word collide." [...] "Smoke," the poem featured above, was created by Ray Kurzweil's Cybernetic Poet, a screensaver that writes poetry from an algorithm based on indexed and recontextualized "poetic personalities," of historic human authors. Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (Researchers develop secure audio captchas. May 2, 2016) and (Bitcoin Forum. [thread on CAPTCHA])>

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