Goodbye, Captcha. Hello, Informing Google That You're Not, Repeat Not, A Robot
I'm tired of the Internet testing me. If you've signed up for an account of some sort in the last five years or so, you may have been asked to decipher a distorted word or do a simple math problem. The process is part of a spam filter called CAPTCHA, which is designed to tell robots from humans and prevent the non-humans for registering for all of the things. But as it tends to do, Google is making everything easier with "No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA," which is a long name, but a short process.
The streamlined process allows users to directly tell Google that they aren't robots, then pass through to the site without ever having to figure out if that letter is a T or a distorted capital L. It seems like the oversimplified process would allow more wiggle room for hackers and bots, but Google used an Advanced Risk Analysis that analyzes user behavior before, during, and after the modified CAPTCHA section.
They haven't completely retired CAPTCHAs yet, though. No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA has been adopted on limited sites thus far, but the clientele already includes Snapchat and Wordpress. The modified text or a more advanced image-based version of CAPTCHA could also still be used if Google is unable to figure out if you're not a robot. I'm not entirely sure what would put your viability as a human into question, except maybe don't be too jerky on your cursor movements? Or wear a lot of metal?
Google revamped its CAPTCHA game when it determined that artificial intelligence it had created could decipher the mangled text with 99.8 percent accuracy, which is way more successful than I have been. And because, of course, Google employees are the only people smart enough to break through barriers that other Google employees previously put into place. I have enough problems squinting at the screen trying to figure out these damned nonsensical phrases, much less trying to crack through an algorithm. Seriously, I have a real problem with these things, mostly because I freeze up when my credibilities as a human are put into question.
Really, the only thing that I will miss about CAPTCHA is the occasionally hilarious combination of letters and numbers that it would come up with.
But other than that, good riddance to you, you awful thing. Now I just hope Google thinks I am human enough to hack it.