Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Captcha This: Completely Automated Public Turing

Check out this New York Times article titled "Deciphering Old Texts, One Woozy, Curvy Word at a Time."

Not only does it provide the acronym-based etymology of the word captcha, it also explains how web readers are actually transforming old articles and books into computer text files every time they enter a captcha code on a website.


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Cool stuff.

3 comments:

Andrew said...

Wouldn't it be nice if they'd used a picture of the captchas they were talking about instead of Google's, though?

Or do they think old documents are full of words like "ejujle" and "plicrom"?

Laura Payne said...

Indeed.

Online Furniture Stores said...

I can't even make out half of those :(

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