Just few days ago I published a news on the invention of a new way to replace CAPTCHA as a means to distinguish human from machine access, motivated by the increasing ability of machine to detect what’s hidden in a CAPTCHA and the alternative ways of decoding them by using dedicated … human beings.
Now I step into a news that a US start up, Vicarious, is working to develop a software mimicking a brain to solve image detection problems and it is using CAPTCHA to test its ability. They are claiming a 90% correct identification: this is not significantly different from the one achieved by human beings…
On October 28th they have announced that their software is indeed rendering CAPTCHA ineffective as a way to distinguish humans from machines (the Turing Test).
There are already a number of applications that are trying to decode CAPTCHA code but they are based on a large set of data, working through a statistical analyses. What is new in Victorious software is that it mimics the way the brain processes images to extract elements. It does that both through experience (that in a way can be compared to a statistical analyses) and through recognition processes that are “wired” in the brain neuronal structures. This latter is what is being mimicked by Victorious. According to their report this approach is less processing intensive and does not need to rely on a vast set of data.
Vicarious is not developing this software to solve CAPTCHA, as a matter of fact they have already declared that they are not releasing it in such a way that it can be used for this purpose. They aim at, according to one of their founderD. Scott Phoenix:
“Anything people do with their eyes right now is something we aim to be able to automate”
Possible fields of applications are capturing text and numbers in Google Street images, helping in diagnosing medical condition by looking at photos of a patient and so on.