Blimey, that’s bloody clever part 16 – annoying anti-spam device turned book transcriber

In this, the seventh edition of the ‘blimey, that’s bloody clever’ series, I present to you, inferior reader, reCaptcha, which turns those annoying “are you human” anti-spam Captcha forms into something mildly useful.

I picked this up on ReadWriteWeb and if you want to actually know what the concept is I suggest you hit the link to find out. In brief however, the project takes the fact that roughly 100 million Captcha forms are filled in daily and aims to direct otherwise wasted time and effort into transcribing an estimated 160 books a day. That’s a whopping one Tom Clancy novel a week. It’s at times like this when my faith in humanity is restored. That freshly rediscovered faith is quickly lost, however, when I happen upon comments such as the one below, deposited following a BBC article about the Hadron Collider

What a waste, indeed.

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