Why CAPTCHA Pictures Are So Unbearably Depressing

They force you to look at the world the way an AI does

1) They’re devoid of humans

2) The angles are all wrong

3) They’re voyeuristic

4) They look like crime-scene footage

5) The grids on the photos are an alien’s-eye view of the world

6) There’s very little nature

I write three times a week about tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer for NYT mag/Wired; author of “Coders” and “Smarter Than You Think”