What is the REAL purpose behind Captcha?

Is it really a nefarious scheme to teach computers about the real world to make it easier for AI to finally take over? "While used mostly for security reasons, CAPTCHAs also serve as a benchmark task for artificial intelligence technologies. According to an article by Ahn, Blum and Langford,[18] "any... show more Is it really a nefarious scheme to teach computers about the real world to make it easier for AI to finally take over?

"While used mostly for security reasons, CAPTCHAs also serve as a benchmark task for artificial intelligence technologies. According to an article by Ahn, Blum and Langford,[18] "any program that passes the tests generated by a CAPTCHA can be used to solve a hard unsolved AI problem."[19]

They argue that the advantages of using hard AI problems as a means for security are twofold. Either the problem goes unsolved and there remains a reliable method for distinguishing humans from computers, or the problem is solved and a difficult AI problem is resolved along with it. In the case of image and text based CAPTCHAs, if an AI were capable of accurately completing the task without exploiting flaws in a particular CAPTCHA design, then it would have solved the problem of developing an AI that is capable of complex object recognition in scenes.[18]"

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