I never thought I’d be eager to perform math. It was never my best subject in school.
Am I the only one who struggles with those infuriating new “Are you a robot?” tests?
Does this look like food to you?
The old online security tests designed to determine whether or not you’re a human being had either a series of squiggly letters and numbers or a simple math problem, like 7+9=?
The newer tests present a series of nine thumbnail images with instructions such as “Mark all images of food.”
This sounds deceptively simple in theory. But there’s always one image that I have no idea what it is.
One recent “mark all food images” test had stuff like a hamburger, a piece of cake, a sunset, a monkey, and something that looked like a petri dish to me. I’m staring at the screen like an idiot, eyes squinted, trying to figure out if it’s a photo of something edible.
A “mark all beverages” test had both my husband and me trying to figure out if an image of stemmed glassware contained ice cream or a liquid, because clearly ice cream is not a beverage although it may be served in a beverage-style serving dish, as with parfait.
“It must be ice cream because it looks like it has nuts on top,” says hubby. “Is it nuts or is it fizz,” I said.
I think it’s nuts.
But no matter what I guess, it’s always wrong.
For crying out loud, why can’t they just ask me what 8+4 equals? Have robots gotten so smart that simple math can’t stump them? Or is the real purpose of these tests to weed out people who wear bifocals?!