A Turing test in reverse. Interview with Thomas Hannagan, a cognitive scientist at the French National Center for Scientific Research and Aix-Marseille University.
A US-based start-up claims to have broken security tests used to tell humans and computers apart online. Vicarious said it had developed technology, based on the human brain, which could solve text-based Captcha test 90% of the time.
Can machines think? Not yet. But there is one at least partial test: the CAPTCHA, or "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart," those distorted characters you have to type into a website that wants to repel automated programs from spamming or making comments in blog.
But more exciting, this might be a major breakthrough in computer science. Creating machines that can see the world and make sense of images as humans do is one of the "hard problems" in artificial intelligence. Breaking CAPTCHA is a milestone on that road - if Vicarious has pulled it off.
The start-up Vicarious, based in San Francisco, Calif., claims it has come up with artificial intelligence (AI) software that reads images nearly as well as humans and can crack a CAPTCHA 90 percent of the time. If the claims are true, they could signify a breakthrough in building AI that is indistinguishable from human cognition - at least when it comes to helping computers identify and understand images.
San Francisco, CA – Vicarious (http://vicarious.com), a startup developing artificial intelligence software, today announced that its algorithms can now reliably solve modern CAPTCHAs, including Google’s reCAPTCHA, the world’s most widely used test of a machine’s ability to act human.
When an IBMComputer program called Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, wise folks opined that since chess was just a game of logic, this was neither significant nor surprising.
Using an artificial intelligence technique inspired by theories about how the brain recognizes patterns, technology companies are reporting startling gains in fields as diverse as computer vision, speech recognition and the identification of promising new molecules for designing drugs.
Your eyes work with your brain to teach you about the world. You learn to recognized objects, people, and places, and you learn to imagine new things. A startup called Vicarious thinks computers could learn to do likewise, and it's building software that tries to process visual information the way the brain does.