San Francisco based startup Vicarious has developed a software which claims to interpret the contents of photographs and videos in a manner similar to humans.
The startup claimed that the software can crack numerous types of Captchas more than 90% of the time.
Captchas are hard to read jumbled letters and numbers which are used by websites to prevent spams and automated bots.
Vicarious co-founder D. Scott Phoenix was quoted by Reuters as saying that, "We wanted to show we could take the first step toward a machine that works like a human brain, and that we are the best place in the world to do artificial intelligence research."
"Vicarious hopes to eventually sell systems that can easily extract text and numbers from images (such as in Google's Street View maps), diagnose diseases by checking out medical images, or let you know how many calories you're about to eat by looking at your lunch," Phoenix added.
"Anything people do with their eyes right now is something we aim to be able to automate."
The developers call it Recursive Cortical Network which is an expansion of an old idea of using an artificial neural network.
Another co-founder Dileep George claims that the system can be trained to read moving images rather than only static ones.