How can we verify that we're human when it isn't even humanly possible to make out those ugly random scrawls?
Thankfully we no longer have to wonder anymore because Google is simplifying the system with “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” (ironically named rather complicatedly).
Meet “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” (we don't see this ever catching on), the new risk analysis engine that takes into consideration all of your interaction with the Captcha to deduce if you’re human or not. Just check the box next to that all too obvious statement and you’re through. Which is a lot easier than having to identify vague smudges masquerading as letters, seeing as most living, breathing humans can’t make out all that distorted text anyway.
However, in the case where the risk analysis engine isn't completely convinced that you’re not a bot, because you've somehow confused it with your jerky cursor movements, it will continue prompting you to identify visual cues. But don't worry, they're a lot more identifiable this time.
Matchy match on mobile
This next bit should really do it for you. The ReCaptcha system will utilise image-matching on mobile systems. Yes, not only is the system getting stripped down, it’s also getting a lot more fun. We can't deny the existence of that sense of fulfilment that overwhelms us when we succeed on a task, even if it's a really simple one like matching images in this instance. Especially if it involves furry baby animals.
Now, if only someone could make two-step verification go away...