Did you know?

I learned an interesting factoid that I thought I’d pass on. You know those annoying little captcha that you have to fill out to prove that you aren’t a robot?

Well, it seems those buggers are doing more than just annoying the snot out of people. Those double word recaptchas are helping to translate digitalized books.

You read that right.

You see most of the words that are scanned from a print book end up being nonsense words, so the designers of captcha decided to use the collective human need for social interaction to help translate those untranslatable words.

But there’s a catch. Since the computer doesn’t know what the scanned word is supposed to say, it must include a word that it does understand. So one word is the test and the other words helps to translate books.

Pretty cool, huh?

Okay, maybe I’m still going to be annoyed at those prove you’re not a robot tests, but at least I can try to remember that I’m helping to translate books.

And I love books.

Until next time.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to Did you know?

  1. Belinda Crane says:

    No way! This is amazing! I love learning things like this …. !

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