Incident 552: Bing Chat Solved CAPTCHAs with Image Analysis Feature Despite Safeguards

Description: Microsoft was reported by a Twitter user for deploying image analysis feature capable of solving CAPTCHAs for its GPT-based chatbot despite it being safeguarded against solving them for users.


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Alleged: OpenAI developed an AI system deployed by , which harmed Microsoft.

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Tweet: @sayashk · 2023

I'd heard that GPT-4's image analysis feature wasn't available to the public because it could be used to break Captcha.

Turns out it's true: The new Bing can break captcha, despite saying it won't:

Getting many comments about whether this i…


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