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The Google Books project has vastly improved the quality of digitized text, thanks in part to those curvy, sometimes colorful words on the web that are filled out 200 million times a day, explained Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Luis von Ahn, the inventor of the reCAPTCHA system.

 

“Humans, at least non-visually impaired humans, have no problem readings these distorted characters. But computer programs can’t do it as well yet,” von Ahn told FoxNews.com.