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Google aims to make RECAPTCHA invisible
July 16, 2017, 3:47 pm
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Google plans to make CAPTCHA a thing of the past with its new system, Invisible reCAPTCHA. CAPTCHA is the squiggly text found on some webpages that you have to retype to access certain features of that site. This helps the site to identify you as an individual and not an automated program trying to gain illegal access to the webpage.

Rather than frustrate people as they decipher a piece of text or other media, algorithms in Google’s Advanced Risk Analysis technology will judge whether or not you are human based on your behavior.

The new technology is a step up from Google's previous No CAPTCHA ReCAPTCHA, which asked people to tick a box saying ‘I’m not a robot’, but uses the same engine to process the information and protect services from unwanted spam.

It is still not clear how Invisible ReCAPTCHA will work, and how much data it needs to scrape on a site visitor in order to verify that they are human. When Google introduced its Advanced Risk Analysis system with the ReCAPTCHA tick-box, the search giant said it was "actively considering a user’s entire engagement with the CAPTCHA — before, during, and after — to determine whether that user is a human". 

The service is free, and has always appeared to contribute a lot of good: filtering out bots while simultaneously training the future of artificial intelligence and even saving books; when users solve a word in reCAPTCHA, it may be coming from a book where the AI cannot read the text but is working on digitizing it for audiences.

For now, if you want to integrate the new reCAPTCHA to your site or app you can register at: www.google.com/recaptcha/intro/comingsoon/invisible.html.

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