In a recent post, https://strangelyperfect.tv/629/hannys-voorwerp-shows-what-ordinary-people-can-do/, I mentioned the power that can be gleaned from combining massive computer power and the pattern recognition capabilities of 3 million years of evolution on the human brain/eye system.
Now another use has just surfaced…
Many web-using people will be used to filling in forms with the deciphering of some partially obscurred text as part of the process. A common one is called “Captcha“.
This same technique is being combined with a burgeoning project to digitize many old and new printed works. This project uses OCR software to scan and digitize the books – but it makes mistakes.
These mistakes are farmed out by the reCAPTCHA service so that people’s eyes are used to fix the mistakes.
It’s absolutely fantastic and a really positive use of computers in the service of mankind.