Humans afraid of their own creation

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Since the industrial revolution, humans have been remarkably consistent about fearing the worst when new technology appears. Security has been a major issue in human beings, we are so afraid that our privacy might be compromised, Robots are among the latest victims of this fear mentality.

If you try to open a website say The Herald a security check always pop up as shown below:

May 27, 2007, Google launched a plugin called Captcha (reCAPTCHA) plugin is an effective security solution that protects your WordPress website forms from spam entries while letting real people pass through with ease. It can be used for login, registration, password recovery, comments, popular contact forms, and other. Users are required to confirm that they are not a robot before the form can be submitted. It’s easy for people and hard for robots.

reCAPTCHA offers more than just spam protection. Every time our CAPTCHAs are solved, that human effort helps digitize text, annotate images and build machine learning datasets. This, in turn, helps preserve books, improve maps, and solve hard AI problems. Reports say that Google has improved version of the reCAPTCHA system that uses a computer algorithm to distinguish between automated bots and real humans, and requires no user interaction at all.

To a lot of people this plugin is very time consuming and we don’t really see the use of it but, wait, if you think this plugin is useless you are wrong, reCAPTCHA can be successfully used as a spam prevention mechanism for registration forms and password reset forms, it exploits a weakness in the automated spambots that crawl your website looking for things to exploit. It might be not that pleasant for an end-user but for a website owner, they really need such plugins to protect their content.

We would want to believe that with the latest Artificial Intelligence Learning, thinking, intelligent machines can bypass this security feature, we not certain. Is it possible that robots can solve reCAPTCHA without a human?

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