Friday, May 25, 2012
It is not often that I get a chance to talk with a security technology startup that is based in Detroit, but that is exactly where Are you a human? is headquartered. I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me since my two best software engineers when I was a rookie supervisor, Mary S and Carol Y, where both University of Michigan graduates. Are you a human? (AYAH) shows a similar adeptness in tackling problems that affect lots of people. AYAH was founded to give us relief from those annoying CAPTCHAs used by web sites, blogs, and forums use to thwart spam entries that are generated by computers. We’ve all seen them – they are hard to read, annoying to dispense, and lead to a significant drop-off rate for those that view CAPTCHAs as too much trouble. Also, there seems to be an industry growing to offer CAPTCHA solutions to spammers to bypass the protection and to stay ahead of anti-CAPTCHA technology the puzzles get harder and harder for humans to read. I don’t even try to solve CAPTCHAs on my mobile devices any more.