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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A test used to make sure that a human, not a computer program, is using a system. The test typically involves reading distorted text.
An acronym of Completely Automated Public Turing Test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. The Turing test is named after Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer scientist, who proposed that a computer could be considered intelligent if, while interacting with a human and a computer, someone could not tell which is which. A captcha is a kind of reverse Turing test. Earliest documented use: 2001.
“Yet here we are, watching a carrier [Ryanair] that considered charging passengers to pee, opening a Twitter account, accepting American Express credit cards, and removing its annoying Captcha.”
Pol O Conghaile; Be Travel Savvy; Irish Independent (Dublin); Oct 5, 2013.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:In religion, faith is a virtue. In science, faith is a vice. -Jerry Coyne, biology professor (b. 1949)