I'm not doing another re-captcha.
If I'm trying to do something, and you require me to do unpaid labor for google, I'm just going to 1) not do the thing 2) publicly ridicule you.
@pranav Google uses the new visual re-captchas to train machine learning algorithms.
We're playing "spot the fire hydrant" and "spot the traffic light" and "spot the store front" so that google can feed that data in to a big ol' database, and use it for profit.
This has more or less always been the case with re-captcha, although originally it was supposed ot be helping OCR books (I'm all for OCRing books! I might even do one or two words a month for free and not mind. This is different.)
@ram That's the point though.
re-captcha is like DRM. It doesn't actually prevent the thing it's supposed to prevent, and it has all kinds of unintended side effects.
And that's without getting in to recaptcha v3, which is all tracking/spying based.
We need more thoughtful ways to deal with bad actors.
@ram I think the "is this person a human" model is broken.
There are some valid reasons for bots to access services, and some invalid reasons for people to access them.
Heck, humans can be more abusive to a system than machines, when properly motivated.
Plus, services like Mechanical Turk let you outsource captcha bypassing for fractions of a cent per captcha.
They've been infective for years.
If the goal is stopping bad behavior, then captchas are a long outdated solution that should be replaced.
With what? It depends on what the captcha is in front of, what bad behavior it was supposed to be preventing.
There isn't a single solution, there never was, we've just been pretending.