Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Google Captures reCAPTCHA

Official Google Blog: Teaching computers to read: Google acquires reCAPTCHA

reCAPTCHA that you and I have been using on many a sites like facebook, ticket Master and twitter to thwart spam bots and the like, has been acquired by Google.
But the reason for Google to capture reCAPTCHA was not to beat spammers (they might use it in places like blogger) but to use the technology to make it better for computers to read, like in reading (Character recognition) Google Books scanned pages (The real thing behind reCAPTHA);
"reCAPTCHA's unique technology improves the process that converts scanned images into plain text, known as Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This technology also powers large scale text scanning projects like Google Books and Google News Archive Search. Having the text version of documents is important because plain text can be searched, easily rendered on mobile devices and displayed to visually impaired users. So we'll be applying the technology within Google not only to increase fraud and spam protection for Google products but also to improve our books and newspaper scanning process."
I hope people will be able to continue to use the simple interface that reCAPTCHA provided to protect web sites.
If not Blame Canada


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well I agree but I dream the list inform should acquire more info then it has.