Google’s new ‘No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA’ can tell if you’re a spambot or a meatbag [VIDEO]



There’s probably no greater frustration that running into a CAPTCHA and trying to decipher it’s hidden message. Usually a jumble of squiggly words, it can take a few (frustrating) attempts before you get it right. We get why they’re there in the first place: to keep spam bots and weird scripts from having their way on the sites we love. But over the year’s robots have gotten smarter. Even Google says they’ve found out a way to solve most CAPTCHA’s using one of their advanced algorithms. That’s why they’re introducing their all new CAPTCHA called the “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” that looks finally do away with the stale old CAPTCHAs of yesteryear.

The way it works is simple: click on the check box stating that you are not a robot and be on your way. Easy, right? Although Google’s not revealing specifics in how it knows you’re not a robot, they did mention that their “risk analysis engine” is watching a user’s entire engagement on a website, before, during, and after they click the little check box.

In the event that Google can’t be 100% sure you’re a human, the No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA will simply fall back to one of the tried and true methods to verify you’re in, in fact, a meatbag. They’ve even made things easier for mobile users by allowing them to select related images. Things like turkeys, dogs, cats — that sorta thing. This way you wont have to fumble around with a keyboard or any of that nonsense. Still can’t figure out the new CAPTCHA? Well, then you probably don’t belong on the internet in the first place.

New CAPTCHA mobile

Sites like Snapchat, WordPress, and Humble Bundle are already reporting success with the new method, and if you’d like to incorporate No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA into your site, check out the APIs here.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Bender is going to pissed about this

  2. Would love to know the science behind this, but I don’t suppose they’re eager to release that information

  3. “Still can’t figure out the new CAPTCHA? Well, then you[‘re] probably [a robot].”

  4. What if I am a robot? Do I not have the right to access the captcha? I may want to connect to it with a robot. It is my freedom not to be disabled from using tools to give me the abilities necessary. How do remote screen control softwares register by Google? How about people with disabilities, like Stephen Hawking.

    1. It looks like, with legitimate credentials, you’d be able to just dump the data in with an autoclicker and press okay.

      I bet it checks to see how fast you click and type though.

      1. Yes, I read it can analyze pre-press mouse movements to tell if you are real or bot. It’s Google, of course they figured this out.

      2. It watches your mouse movements as you move the mouse towards the checkbox. If they don’t appear natural, it gives you a traditional captcha to solve.

  5. Moving over to the new reCaptcha system today… love it because I – like many – hate the squigleys. This is a nice move.

  6. So Google finally collected enough data from the old reCaptcha to complete the book digitalization project automatically, I assume. Coming up next is image recognition and improving the image search?

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