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Is Arjun Rampal Talking about Computers Taking over Human Beings?

Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal has surprised his fans with an insightful social media post involving security checks by a computer. Rampal shared an image containing a quote about computer asking humans to prove they were not robots. He asked his followers what they felt about the quote and received funny responses. The post took a dig at CAPTCHA technology that websites use to tell human users and bots apart.

Arjun Rampal Stirs Interesting Response from Users

Many laughed at how the actor viewed the authentication protocol. Some joked how it was part of a bigger conspiracy related to AI taking over human beings in the near future. The post started a debate about whether the roles will be reversed after the AI revolution. Currently, a human is responsible for the operations of a machine, but is it possible that a computer would be able to dictate the actions of a human? Most argued that it might be happening in some form, as many human decisions are already influenced by following an algorithm’s “suggestion”. It is understood that these suggestions are not always 100% accurate as users can remove unwanted stuff by choosing the option of “don’t show again”.

Anyway, the interesting responses also included some jokes on Rampal as well. Some made fun of him for trying to post quotes on social media rather than working on his acting skills and film choices. While others, who were aware of how CAPTCHA works and where it frequently appears, found joy in trolling the actor.

What is the Purpose of CAPTCHA?

Regular internet users are well aware of the CAPTCHA box appearing in front of their screen whenever they try to search for information, access sensitive media, type a comment, log in on critical web pages, or cast a vote. They normally have to solve a bunch of easy puzzles to bypass the authentication. CAPTCHA stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. It was coined by scientists and professors from Carnegie Mellon University and IBM (International Business Machines) in 2000. It is a “challenge-response” test, where the machine tries to make sure it is allowing access to the right person and not a bot designed for malicious activities.

If the machine gets the correct answer to the puzzle, it will assume it is a human and allow access otherwise, the page will remain blocked. CAPTCHAs are designed to be unreadable for bots, and only humans can solve them. However, modern bots are learning to bypass CAPTCHA by their human trainer. One way is to teach bots all the possible answers to a puzzle that CAPTCHA technology uses. To do this, hackers can break into the source code of the CAPTCHA and train their machines accordingly.

Bollywood Celebrities Taking Philosophical Route

This post showed a philosophical side to Rampal, which was a first for his fans. Unlike Uday Chopra, who had been posting existential tweets for a long time until saying goodbye in 2021. The Dhoom actor’s last tweet was on October 21, 2021, where he said USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (a reference to the Star Trek franchise) had come to collect him, so he was going. He was not a big actor but still impressed the audience with his comic relief.

Similarly, Arjun Rampal is also one of those talented stars who failed to achieve superstar status in Bollywood. Rampal was last seen alongside Kangana Ranaut in Dhakaad (2022), which failed to make any impact at the box office. His upcoming movies include The Battle of Bhima Koregaon (2023), Hari Hara Veera Mallu (2023), and Nastik (TBA).

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