katherine behar
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art: Not from Asia
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Featuring a reCAPTCHA screenshot, Not from Asia is a puzzle toy that prompts humans to prove that they are not robots by typing the affirmation that they are "not from Asia." reCAPTCHA, a Google product promoted with the tagline "Easy on Humans, Hard on Bots," uses an algorithm to randomly pair words and phrases. Converted to images, reCAPTCHAs are challenging for image recognition software to decipher, but simple for literate humans to read. In this case, however, reCAPTCHA seems to imply that being "from Asia" logically precludes being human. When I encountered it online, this reCAPTCHA requested that I cynically affirm my humanity by disavowing my Asian heritage.