Fine words but I suspect AI still has a long way to go. CAPTCHA is currently based on morphing numbers or letters but could just as easily be based, for example, on picture recognition. The AI would seem to be clever though. I wonder how far the company has got with mapping the maths of the brain?
|C an’t you see. An elongated ‘c’ could seem to be
a ‘t’, an ‘l’ or even ‘b’
to a bot but not to you and me.
A nd squash an ‘a’ then who could say
P erhaps one day we’ll unravel, we will find
T ill then the ‘t’ when stretched or bent
C ertainly we’ve learned
H ave you seen an ‘H’ compressed to ‘U’
A rtificial Intelligence is here, Vicarious has claimed.
Completely Automatic Public Test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.
28th October 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “US startup claims to have ‘solved’ CAPTCHAs in a breakthrough for AI.” Vicarious, a San Francisco startup specialising in artificial intelligence, claims to have created a machine capable of cracking CAPTCHAs – the blocks of distorted text that are used online to “prove that you’re human”. Although CAPTCHA tests might not appear to be the most sophisticated test of machine intelligence they are notoriously difficult for algorithms to decipher, with the most efficient way of bypassing them being to hire cheap manual labour and solve them by hand. Vicarious claims that its methods are even more impressive than the cutting-edge “deep learning” displayed by current AI titans such as IBM’s Watson.
- AI Startup Says It Has Defeated Captchas (technologyreview.com)
- Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI (scientificamerican.com)