14.4.19

When a robot passes a Captcha test !


In a video posted on YouTube, an articulated arm successfully passes a Captcha test. A video that raises many questions about the artificial intelligence of robots on Earth.


CaptchaIf the web today is full of Captcha tests of all kinds, it is because they ensure our security on the web. With a summary test that uses logic and visual skills, Captcha helps prevent malicious robots from gaining control of the web. The problem arises precisely when said robots succeed in passing such a test. This is exactly what happened in New Zealand, where a robot from the Ara Institute of Canterbury in Christchurch managed to trick the machine.

The Captcha test passed by the robot was very summary
If this news is enough to make you shudder, do not necessarily be alarmed. As you can see in the video published by the researchers, the Captcha test was very basic.


Faced with a screen offering a very simple test (a simple checkbox to indicate "I'm not a robot"), the articulated arm with a stylus moved towards the touch screen and checked the box corresponding. There was no risk in this test. The robot did not have to recognize the traditional pedestrian crossings or the traffic lights on an image. The Captcha test in question consisted only of ticking a box.

In addition, faced with the absence of hazard, nothing provides evidence that the robot was not programmed. The actuation of the latter to click on the corresponding box at a certain height of the screen (on a position may be predetermined), remains possible. Especially since at the end of the video, the robot seems to make a joke disarticulating, giving the impression of laughing.

A warning message launched by scientists?
Although the video may not be very sincere, the message from the team of scientists should not be taken lightly. The development of more and more sophisticated robots makes it possible to control computers, despite security that seems increasingly light against their artificial intelligence. Today, robots make it possible to perform everyday activities, and even for the youngest to do homework for hours.


It is therefore undeniable that they will take a considerable place in our daily life over the next few years. On the computer side, it will then be necessary to check that the security measures to avoid their control are up to the task. The problem will arise then when the intelligence of the machine will exceed that of the man. Will robots take control of humanity?

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