Collective Intelligence: reCAPTCHA

Collective Intelligence: reCAPTCHA
Innovation

We're coming across more and more examples where digital techniques reach limitations and certain tasks are passed on to Humans. Amazon were among the first with their Mechanical Turk. reCAPTCHA...

Matthias Weber
  • 25 may 2007

We’re coming across more and more examples where digital techniques reach limitations and certain tasks are passed on to Humans. Amazon were among the first with their Mechanical Turk.

reCAPTCHA is a smart little applet that can be used to prevent abuse from spam-bots. It works because a OCR program is not able to read distorted text. Nothing new so far. But reCAPTCHA displays texts from digitalization projects that were not readable by the OCR program:

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