Let’s face it: There are dozens of things we do every day just because we have to do them. We tie our shoe strings in the morning so that our shoes will stay on for the whole day. We check our mail in the afternoon to see which bills are due. Each thing we do has a small reason why in the short term that requires us to put forth a large amount of time long-term. So what if we could find massive purpose within all of these minutia processes?
Yesterday I watched a TED video featuring Luis von Ahn which has caused me to rethink my daily processes. Luis is known for inventing a program called CAPTCHA. This acronym literally means “Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart.” More than likely, you’re familiar with CAPTCHA whether you know it or not. It’s the typing test you have to complete when you want to buy tickets on Ticketmaster, change your password on twitter and thousands of other activities on just under half a million various websites. CAPTCHA’s invention has been essential in protecting websites against bots by generating and grading tests that humans can pass but current computer programs cannot. For example, humans can read distorted text as the one shown below, but current computer programs cannot.