Massive-scale online collaboration | Luis von Ahn | Summary and Q&A

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Massive-scale online collaboration | Luis von Ahn

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In this content, the speaker discusses the invention of CAPTCHA and how it has evolved to help digitize books and provide free language education through Duolingo.

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Q: What is a CAPTCHA and why is it used on web forms?

A CAPTCHA is a distorted sequence of characters that is used on web forms to verify that the user is a human and not a computer program. It is used to prevent scalpers or spam bots from submitting forms multiple times.

Q: Why do humans find it easier to read CAPTCHAs compared to computer programs?

Humans, especially those who are not visually impaired, have no trouble reading distorted characters in CAPTCHAs. Computer programs, on the other hand, have difficulties in accurately recognizing and deciphering these characters.

Q: How does the CAPTCHA Project at Carnegie Mellon University help digitize books?

The CAPTCHA Project at Carnegie Mellon University has evolved into a new project called reCAPTCHA. When users type a CAPTCHA, they are also helping to digitize books. The words they type are actually words from books that computer OCR technology cannot recognize. By presenting two words, one known and one unknown, users not only authenticate themselves as human but also help digitize an unknown word accurately.

Q: What is Duolingo and how does it combine language education with web translation?

Duolingo is a website that offers free language education while simultaneously translating the web. It utilizes real content and sentences from the web to help users learn a new language. While users learn, they also provide translations, which are as accurate as those done by professional translators. This innovative approach combines language education with valuable web translation, creating a fair business model that doesn't discriminate against those who can't afford expensive language learning programs.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • CAPTCHA is a security measure used on web forms to ensure that the person filling out the form is human, not a computer program. It works by presenting distorted characters that computers have difficulty reading.

  • CAPTCHAs are used to prevent scalpers and ticket-buying bots from buying up large amounts of tickets. However, CAPTCHAs can sometimes be annoying and difficult to read for humans as well.

  • The speaker's project, reCAPTCHA, takes the wasted time spent on CAPTCHAs and puts it to good use by having users help digitize books. This has resulted in 750 million people helping to digitize human knowledge.

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