Today we’ve started adding a CAPTCHA box to each of our website forms. This is necessary to help us combat SPAMbots. CAPTCHAs ask visitors to prove they’re human by answering a challenge question – reading, then typing numbers and/or letters shown into a text box.
This should be easy to do. But if you can’t read the letters or numbers to type them into the space provided, you can ask for a new set by clicking the reload arrow icon. Or, you can listen to a verbal challenge by clicking the speaker icon. If any questions, there is a ‘ question mark’ help icon, or you can e-mail webmaster @ bcgs.ca
Did you know that CAPTCHA stands for – Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart ? Alan Mathison Turing (1912-1954), computer science pioneer, experimented in the 1950s with artificial intelligence experiments and proposed a standard to prove a machine’s intelligence. The annual Loebner competition offers a prize for a machine that can meet Turing’s standard. While none has yet won the top prize, in 2013, for instance, Mitsuku, a chatbot created by Steve Worswick won a bronze medal. Chatbots create conversation, never spam.