Nov 10, 2018

New NoCAPTCHA reCAPTCHA from Google will give users a checkbox to mark instead

Instead of having Internet users confirm that they are human each time by filling out complicated CAPTCHAs, Google's new widget will just ask them straight up if they are robots, programs or not.

"On Websites using this new API, a significant number of users will be able to securely and easily verify they're human without actually having to solve a CAPTCHA," Google Product Manager Vinay Shet wrote in a blog post Dec. 3.

By simply clicking on the box, a majority of users will be able to confirm they are not robots, thanks to a sophisticated Google risk analysis engine running in the background, Shet wrote.

"While the new reCAPTCHA API may sound simple, there is a high degree of sophistication behind that modest checkbox," he said.

Google's own research has shown that current-generation artificial intelligence technology can decipher even the most complex CAPTCHAs with more than 99 percent accuracy, Shet said.

"To counter this, last year we developed an Advanced Risk Analysis backend for reCAPTCHA that actively considers a user's entire engagement with the CAPTCHA—before, during and after—to determine whether that user is a human," he said. The risk engine allows Google to consider other factors, besides a user's ability to correctly type distorted text in order to spot an automated bot program. In situations where the new API is unable to correctly predict if an Internet user is human or a bot, it will present a CAPTCHA.