Google Street View Accidentally Made An Algorithm That Cracks CAPTCHAs

House numbers on Google Street View can turn up as blobby, blurry things, so its engineers built a pretty crazy neural network to decipher them. Except this algorithm also turns out to be very very good at deciphering other blobby, blurry texts — like CAPTCHAs, which it cracks with 99 per cent accuracy. Take that, human.