Google researchers have come up with technology that can decipher CAPTCHA in a recent test of tens of millions of numbers in images taken from Street View. Surprisingly, the new algorithm was able to identify the numbers in the images at 90% accuracy.

The Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart test or simply known as the CAPTCHA, has been in use in the late 1990’s to counter the growing number of bots that mask themselves as humans to gather information online, register for free email and participate in online polls. Around 200 million CAPTCHAs are solved by humans daily, according to the Google reCAPTCHA website. Several variations of CAPTCHA have been in existence, including distorted images and numbers on images.

The recent breakthrough has yet to prove that computers are slowly adapting and imitating humans that it can pass a Turin test, a method to measure the computer’s capacity to think for itself.

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