When web surfers aren't busy calling each other Nazis on forums, they're often cracking jokes about greeting their future robotic overlords with open arms. It won't be funny forever; the groundwork for our eventual demise is already being laid by the best minds in the land. IBM announced that it had created prototype cognitive chips modeled after the human brain almost a year ago, and today, Reuters reported that Intel is launching a research project in Israel dedicated to creating smart tech that can learn the habits of its users. (That way, SkyNet will know the best time to strike.)
We’ve all struggled with those often unreadable security Captcha codes from time to time, but if some new research out of Stanford is any clue, machines might be better at it than us very soon. By using machine vision algorithms, the Stanford team was able to defeat 66% of Visa’s Captchas, 70% of those used by Blizzard, and about a quarter of Wikipedia’s Captchas. This may spell trouble for a multitude of other sites, as well.