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The next version of Google's ReCAPTCHA may not need your input anymore

Google has posted a teaser site for the next version of its ReCAPTCHA online sign-in technology, which may no longer need input from a human to work.

Published onDecember 6, 2016


If you have used the Internet for the past few years, you are almost certainly familiar with ReCAPTCHA. Google’s online sign-in technology is supposed to keep the many bots that are roaming the Internet out of websites Now the company is teasing a major new version of ReCAPTCHA that may do away with all human interaction.

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ReCAPTCHA started with sites showing a mixed-up series of numbers and letters that humans had to replicate before they could sign onto some sites. However, the efforts to defeat bots became frustrating for some users who could not see the required patterns in the ReCAPTCHA box. Later, Google updated the technology so that users could just tap or click a box to prove they were not a pesky Internet bot, which was much easier. The tech used pointer movements and timings to detect if that box click comes from a human being.

Now Google has posted a “Invisible ReCAPTCHA” page for website developers to check out. They can sign up on that page to receive more information on the new tech once Google reveals more details. So far, the company has not reveal how this “Invisible” version of the technology will work, but it’s likely to use an improved version of its current tech to figure out pointer movements are from humans. In any case, it would appear that conscious interaction (typing or tapping) may soon be a thing of the past for ReCAPTCHA.

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