December 15, 2009
Can't Haq It: Saudi-Israeli Collaboration To Stop Invader Bots
CAPTCHA, those squiggly letters on website and various user-i.d. portals you have to figure out and type in order to access something cybernetic and which ensures you are not a "bot" made out of silicon yourself, has been hacked. To the rescue now is a team so diverse, some have to kill each other if called into belligerent military service. But using 3-D animation and soon presenting in the land of anime, they may yet save us from the diminishing security of having to puzzle out a green angel-hair pasta version of "quetzlcoatl" and then type it in when we forget a password on gmail.
[R]esearchers at Tel Aviv University - part of an international team - have developed a "synthesis technique" to overcome the "bots" by generating images of animated 3-D objects that are detectable by humans but difficult for an automatic algorithm to recognize. The team . . . included colleagues at King Abdullah University in Saudi Arabia, The University of Delhi in India and researchers in Taiwan.... Their findings are being presented this week ... in Yokohama, Japan
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God, please no. You won't just have to figure out a green angel-hair "Quetzlcoatl" on a bluish-green background - you'll have to do it while it's rotating at 47 rpm.
Posted by: Tom Scudder at December 18, 2009 02:13 PM
"God, please no. You won't just have to figure out a green angel-hair "Quetzlcoatl" on a bluish-green background - you'll have to do it while it's rotating at 47 rpm."
Or as my old stoner friends from the 70s would have said on hearing that after a Star Wars showing, "Sounds wicked, dude!"
Posted by: matthew h at December 19, 2009 04:45 PM